British PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote

British PM Theresa May survives no-confidence vote

Germany's foreign minister is playing down the possibility that British Prime Minister Theresa May will get a better Brexit deal if the agreement she's negotiated with Brussels is rejected by Parliament later Tuesday.

The rules governing the no-confidence vote in the government were changed when the Fixed Term Parliaments Act was enacted in 2011 to make it more hard to bring down a government. "Nothing about how, or even if it intends to honor the decision the British people took in a referendum Parliament chose to hold", May said to loud jeers from opposing MPs. The prime minister has until Monday to come up with a new Brexit plan, and has promised to consult with senior lawmakers from across the political spectrum on her next moves.

Gardiner, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher, said a second referendum would be a "slap on the face" to the estimated 17.4 million British people who voted to leave the EU. Last night she saw the biggest defeat for a government vote in the history of this House.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would bring a vote of no-confidence in the government, which will be debated on Wednesday.

With her ruling Tory party severely divided, the Brexit deal can not pass the House of Commons without the support of some of Labour's 256 lawmakers.

Maas wouldn't rule out extending the March 29 deadline for Brexit, but noted that "this won't really be easy, because we have the European elections in May".

It is expected that May would head to Brussels on Wednesday to try and secure further concessions from the European Union before coming back to UK Parliament with a new proposal.

Many Conservatives on her side who voted against the Brexit deal on Tuesday quickly said they'd support her leadership.

A delay would likely also be needed in the event of two other possible scenarios: a general election, or a second referendum. Meanwhile, British lawmakers from all parties are trying to wrest control of the Brexit process from a Conservative government seen as a lame duck so that lawmakers can take over planning for Britain's departure from the EU.

After the vote May invited all party leaders to a series of one-on-one meetings, to begin the same evening, to discuss a way forward for her Brexit deal.

Opening the debate on the no-confidence motion, Corbyn urged May's "zombie government" to stand aside and declared her "Frankenstein" Brexit deal officially dead. His party wants a permanent customs union with the EU, a close relationship with its single market and greater protections for workers and consumers.

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As expected, MPs voted down May's Brexit deal.

Moments after the vote, European Council President Donald Tusk demanded the United Kingdom "clarify its intentions" on its plan "as soon as possible". "Time is nearly up", he said shortly after the result was announced.

The humiliating rebuff was delivered in the House of Commons just moments after the Prime Minister made a last-ditch appeal for MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement which she sealed with Brussels in November after nearly two years of negotiation.

"The pressure is mainly on them", French President Emmanuel Macron said of the UK.

Carney said the increase was to preserve the ability of banks to lend in the midst of a crisis and to keep Britain attractive to worldwide investors.

The result of today's vote allows may to keep her post and present a new action plan regarding Brexit, which has been slated for 29 March this year.

Business groups had appealed for lawmakers to back the deal to provide certainty about the future.

The EU and European governments have warned that the British parliament's rejection of a Brexit deal heightens the risk of a disorderly withdrawal from the bloc.

The pound rebounded from earlier losses on news of the plan for cross-party discussions. But that is unlikely to win over many opponents of the agreement.

July 6, 2018 - After the The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill becomes law at the end of June, Mrs May takes her Cabinet to Chequers to sign off a collective position for the future Brexit negotiations with the EU.

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