Theresa May Survives No-Confidence Vote

British PM will remain in power after crushing Brexit deal defeat
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2019 1:52 PM CST
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May talks during a debate before a no-confidence vote raised by opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday Jan. 16, 2019....   (Mark Duffy, UK Parliament via AP)

(Newser) – After British lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May's Brexit deal, the British prime minister herself survived a no-confidence vote Wednesday, the AP reports. The vote was called after Parliament voted down the deal May forged with the EU by a margin of 432-202. But the House of Commons then voted by 325 to 306 to express confidence in the government, meaning May will remain in office as Britain prepares to exit the European Union March 29.

Despite making it through the vote, May still faces the challenge of coming up with a new Brexit blueprint by Monday. After Wednesday's vote, she said in a statement she is committed to coming up with a plan lawmakers will back and proposed meetings with leaders of all the parties starting Wednesday night, the BBC reports. The Guardian has her full statement. (More on the aftermath of the historic Brexit defeat here.)

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