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Theresa May vows to keep fighting for Brexit after winning confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is pleased to have received the backing of colleagues after ..

By admin , in England , at December 13, 2018

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she is pleased to have received the backing of colleagues after winning tonights confidence vote, despite 117 MPs voting against her.

It was announced that the leader had won the vote by Conservative Party lawmakers that could have brought her leadership to an abrupt end, at 9pm.

In secret ballot on Wednesday, 200 lawmakers backed May and 117 voted against her.

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It was announced that the leader had won the vote by Conservative Party lawmakers that could have brought her leadership to an abrupt end, at 9pm (Picture: BBC)

She said: This has been a long and challenging day, but at the end of it Im pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues in tonights ballot.

Whilst Im grateful for that support, a significant number of colleagues did cast a vote against me, and I have listened to what they said.

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Following this ballot we need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country.

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A Brexit that delivers on the vote that people gave, that brings back control of our money, borders and laws, that protects jobs, security and the union, that brings the country back together rather than entrenching division.

That must start here in Westminster with politicians on all sides coming together and acting in the national interest.

For my part I have heard what the House of Commons said about the Northern Ireland backstop and when I go to the European Council tomorrow I will be seeking legal and political assurances that will assuage the concerns that MPs have on that issue.

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While delivering Brexit is important, we also need to focus on the other issues that people feel are vital to them, that matter to them today.

The issues that we came into politics to deal with – building a stronger economy, delivering first class public services, building the homes that families need. We owe it to the people who put us here to put their priorities first.

So here is our renewed mission – delivering the Brexit that people voted for, bringing the country back together, and building a country that truly works for everyone.

The result means May can keep her positions as party leader and prime minister while continuing an uphill battle to win parliamentary approval for her Brexit plan.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: British Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street after the Confidence Vote in her leadership 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 Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

It was announced that the leader had won the vote by Conservative Party lawmakers that could have brought her leadership to an abrupt end, at 9pm (Picture: Getty)

The results were revealed at 9pm (Picture: BBC)

Her victory means fellow Conservatives cannot challenge her for another year.

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May could still face a challenge in Parliament if the opposition Labour Party seeks a confidence vote in the House of Commons over the EU divorce plan.

Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement in 10 Downing Street, London, after she survived an attempt by Tory MPs to oust her with a vote of no confidence. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday December 12, 2018. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA WireVictory for Theresa May as she fends off confidence vote by 200 to 117

She plans to lobby European Union leaders for changes to the proposed divorce deal, which is unpopular with many lawmakers.

Responding to the results, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: Tonights vote makes no difference to the lives of our people.

The Prime Minister has lost her majority in Parliament, her government is in chaos and she is unable to deliver a Brexit deal that works for the country and puts jobs and the economy first.

Thats why she pulled the vote on her botched Brexit deal this week and is trying to avoid bringing it back to Parliament.

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Its clear that she has not been able to negotiate the necessary changes in Europe.

She must now bring her dismal deal back to the House of Commons next week so Parliament can take back control.

Labour is ready to govern for the whole country and deliver a deal that protects living standards and workers rights.

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