British PM Theresa May win vote of confidence

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in Downing Street after it was announced that she will face a vote of no confidence, to take place tonight, on December 12, 2018 in London, England. Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Committee, has received the necessary 48 letters (15% of the parliamentary party) from Conservative MP's that will trigger a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May has won the vote of confidence in her leadership by a large margin by her fellow conservative members of Parliament. She won the secret vote, which started last evening and ended two hours later, with 200 out of 317 Tory MPs supporting her to stay on as the party leader.

She was forced to face a vote of no-confidence triggered by her own party members over her contgroversial Brexit deal, as she vowed to fight it out with  “everything I have got”. A vote on no-confidence was taken after the required 48 MPs from her Conservative Party filed letters with the influential 1922 committee, which represents rank-and-file Conservative MPs in the House of Commons.

The vote, triggered amid ongoing divisions over her Brexit deal, took place in the form of a secret ballot on Wednesday evening. May had to to convince a majority of MPs (158) for the vote so that her leadership cannot be challenged for a year.

The leadership challenge comes as she was desperately trying to rescue her Brexit deal as she tried to convince European Union (EU) leaders to offer some concessions to convince Britain’s MPs to vote for it on Tuesday, a day after she postponed a crucial parliamentary vote scheduled for this week over the Withdrawal Agreement struck with the EU.

 

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