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British PM wins confidence vote by big margin

British PM wins confidence vote by big margin

A general election will be triggered in the next 12 months as Brexit will end Theresa May's premiership, Number 10′s former policy chief has predicted. "She will not be leading the Conservative Party into the next election".

Solicitor-General Robert Buckland said May told lawmakers at a meeting that "it is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election".

May survived a confidence vote staged by her own party's MPs late on Wednesday, but admitted as she arrived at the European Union summit that she will not fight the next general election planned for 2022.

Theresa May clung on to power after defeating an attempt by her own MPs to oust her, winning the vote by 200 for to 117 against.

What will take place over the next nine days until Westminster shuts down for the Christmas period - and beyond?

The PM's spokeswoman said it would happen "as soon as possible in January".

Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar, who met one-to-one with May, said she had put new ideas on the table.

May heads to Brussels, not to engage in "handbagging" as some reports suggested, but rather in the hope of securing a fragment that might unite her party behind her.

"Following this ballot, we now have to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country", she said. She said that she would "seek legal and political assurances" on the controversial Irish backstop. Mrs May has been travelling round Europe trying to get changes to the backstop to support her argument it will not last indefinitely.

Asked what concessions might succeed in winning over May's domestic critics, Kurz said: "It is hard to judge, because numerous sceptics do not argue in a way that is really rational".




Under the Conservative party's rules, May's leadership can not be challenged again for at least twelve months.

"We can not go on just with the idea that a fiddle here and a fiddle there is what the problem is", Mr Duncan Smith told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

But with no authority, and trust in the United Kingdom as a partner replaced by exasperation on the European Union side, there seems to be nearly no chance this will come to anything. The only option available to them will be to try to bring the government down by supporting the Labour Party opposition in a parliamentary vote of confidence. Foster, whose 10 MPs prop up the minority Tory administration, said she told the May "we were not seeking assurances or promises, we wanted fundamental legal text changes". The no-confidence vote will be held between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Legislators began casting their secret ballots in a wood-panelled room in Parliament after Mrs May's Conservative opponents, who have been circling for weeks, finally got the numbers they needed to spark a vote.

But the DUP - which props up May's government - said it would not support such a motion at this stage.

They could also demand a full parliamentary debate of regulations readying the financial services sector for a no-deal Brexit, which are now due to be considered in a committee.

And if the Brexit agreement is still found wanting not only would Britain and its main trading partners face economic chaos, but May could be finished off by a parliamentary vote of no confidence.

More than 100 Conservative MPs said they would oppose the deal as of earlier this week, and very few members of opposition parties said they would support it.

May immediately came under fresh pressure, too, from Brexiteer rebels, with Jacob Rees-Mogg, who led calls for the confidence vote, saying it was a "terrible result for the prime min-ister" and called on her to resign.

Speaking on ITV's Peston, he said: "We will just have to judge what she comes back with on Sunday night, Monday morning, see what the statement is in the House of Commons on Monday and take a proper judgment then".

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