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UK government survives confidence vote as May calls for Brexit compromise

17 January 2019 08:09 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Theresa May has called on Britain's political parties to "put self-interest aside" and work together on a compromise Brexit deal, hours after her government survived a no-confidence vote Wednesday night.

Lawmakers voted 325 to 306 in favor of the government remaining in power, one day after they rejected the Prime Minister's Brexit deal by 230 votes, in the biggest defeat for any UK government in the modern parliamentary era.

In a statement to the nation after the confidence vote, May admitted that "the events of the past 24 hours will have been unsettling" to the public, but urged lawmakers to come together to "find a way forward."

"So now MPs have made clear what they don't want, we must all work constructively together to set out what Parliament does want," she said. "It will not be an easy task, but MPs know they have a duty to act in the national interest, reach a consensus and get this done."

With just 72 days to go until Britain leaves the European Union, May now faces an uphill battle to bring together political parties with competing objectives -- not least several factions within her own Conservative party -- to strike a deal that can win a majority in Parliament.

May said she had already held "constructive meetings" with leaders from several smaller opposition parties to discuss next steps, and added that more talks would take place on Thursday.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the main opposition Labour party, earlier refused to hold talks with May until the government agrees to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

"Before there can be any positive discussions about the way forward, the government must remove clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would come as a result of that," the Labour leader said. (CNN)

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  • kushal kumar Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:22 AM

    British lawmakers rejected on 15 January , 2018 Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with a record margin , plunging Britain into a political crisis. Nearly two and half years past , Britain had in a referendum approved Brexit from the EU. British Prime Minister evolved the deal to give effect to Brexit. But as said , British lawmakers have rejected the kind of deal evolved and proposed. On 16 January 2019 , Prime Minister Theresa May survived the no confidence vote amid brexit turmoil. But surely a sort of political crisis or political turmoil has come into being in the Britain. The shaping up of these circumstances in Britain was alerted by this Vedic astrology writer in November 2018 and around through news article - “ World Predictions 2019” - which was sent to a large number of newspapers. The alert had indicated that a little befo

    Vipin B Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:33 AM

    Good example to our politicians on how to conduct a no confidence vote in the parliament swiftly yet peacefully and more importantly in a civilized manner.

    cheers Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:58 AM

    UK Parliament is playing rolly polly with their ministers winning votes for $$$$$$

    Jude Thursday, 17 January 2019 09:06 AM

    Hehehehehe !!! Britain is in deep deep troubbbble !!! Huh!! Leave or not to leave EU !??? Brits are in a pickle !!!

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