Theresa May survives confidence vote in leadership of Conservative party

Dec 14, 2018, 01:17
Theresa May survives confidence vote in leadership of Conservative party

This means that when the prime minister makes another attempt to bring her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to Parliament (she abandoned the previous attempt on Monday) she can do it without worrying that defeat will trigger a challenge to her leadership of the Conservative Party.

Amber Rudd, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has said the "Norway Plus" mode "seems plausible not just in terms of the country but in terms of where the MPs are".

European leaders this week committed to helping Prime Minister May get the Brexit deal ratified in the United Kingdom parliament by offering assurances that the triggering of the backstop clause is not a preferred outcome.

"I think then what will and should happen is the Europeans will go off and have elections [.] and we will then have a proper Conservative leadership election, for a post-Brexit withdrawal, new generation Conservative who can reunite this party, this country".

Mrs May told MPs at Prime Minister's Questions: "We have a solemn duty to deliver on the result of the referendum in 2016".

It would also require Northern Ireland to sign up to European Union single market rules while the rest of the United Kingdom would be largely free to set their own.

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Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, who met Mrs May in The Hague on Tuesday, said they need to "demystify" the backstop, making clear there is no desire in the European Union for it to be activated.

May could be toppled if a simple majority of 317 Conservative MPs (members of parliament) vote against her, though a large rebellion could also leave her fatally weakened. "If much more than 100 MPs vote against her then I think she is going to be struggling to remain for very long and would find it hard to get that deal through the House of Commons".

However, the scale of the no-confidence vote in her leadership and her pledge to stand down before the next election means the race to replace her will now start in earnest.

The Labour leader then asked: "Since the prime minister has not achieved any changes either to the withdrawal agreement or the future partnership, can she now confirm that we will have the concluding days of debate and votes within the next seven days, before the house rises for the Christmas recess?" "Of course we are ready to make concessions to Theresa May where possible", he said.

Under Conservative Party rules, May can not be challenged as Conservative leader for another year. The UK could request an extension to Article 50 - something the prime minister has previously ruled out - but this would require the unanimous approval of the 27 other member states.

That is probably because she has already agreed to it, and so has the EU27.

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As it stands, the United Kingdom and the European Union are at a political impasse, and the current Brexit withdrawal agreement will not win approval in Parliament. "The EU have made it crystal clear they aren't changing so that is the position under the law, and the government will have no business changing the law between now and the 29th of March".

The problem is we're right back to where we were on Sunday with Theresa May needing to craft a Brexit deal that can get through parliament.

Loyal MPs and ministers said the result was "good" and "clear", but Nicola Sturgeon said the vote was "barely even a Pyrrhic victory" for a "lame duck Prime Minister saddled with a lame duck Brexit deal".

May won the backing of 200 Conservative party MPs in a secret ballot yesterday.

In response, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom defended the move and said she was determined to keep staff safe.

The traditionally right-wing paper said five ministers were now urging May to let parliament "hold a series of "indicative" votes on every conceivable option" of Brexit.

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Asked whether he would prefer the United Kingdom to remain in the EU, Bettel pointed to the pin badge of crossed EU and United Kingdom flags on his chest and said: "Look what I'm wearing, I still believe".

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