UK PM May survives confidence vote, but Brexit remains overhead - Reuters
As reported by Reuters, Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote from within her own Tory party, but Brexit continues to teeter on the brink over May's head, and little forward progress has been seen amidst recent political distractions.
While 200 Conservative lawmakers voted in support of May as leader, 117 dissented, indicating opposition not only from several dozen supporters of a hard Brexit but also from many more pragmatic lawmakers - and signaling that she was no nearer to passing her EU divorce agreement. It was not the robust affirmation she needed as she heads to Brussels on Thursday to ask the other 27 EU leaders, who have made room for her at a summit, for clarification of the deal to reassure the doubters.
With Britain due to leave the EU on March 29, parliament’s opposition has suddenly opened up possibilities including a potentially disorderly exit with no deal or even another referendum on membership.
“A significant number of colleagues did cast a vote against me and I’ve listened to what they said,” May said. “We now have to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people.”
However, EU leaders have lined up to say they have no intention of changing the agreement.