OVERVIEW: Britain's Theresa May survives no-confidence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa. (Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP, File)
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12 Dec 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a confidence vote by Conservative Party lawmakers that could have brought her leadership to an abrupt end.

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

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.

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

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.

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

 - AP

12 Dec 2018

May offered the concession to members of her Conservative party ahead of a confidence vote triggered by hardliners who hate the divorce deal she agreed with the EU last month.
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12 Dec 2018

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12 Dec 2018

Cabinet minister Amber Rudd confirmed May's vow not to stand in 2022, as did MP Robert Buckland.

"She said 'in my heart I would like to lead the party into the next election' and then that was the introductory phrase to her indication that she would accept the fact that that would not happen, that is not her intention," Buckland said.

There was some doubt about whether May had unequivocally ruled out leading the party into any snap general election should her government fall before 2022.

But MP Nick Boles said she had been "crystal clear" that she would not lead the party into the next general election.

"She now deserves the support of all Conservative MPs so she can get on with the job of delivering a Brexit compromise that can win a Commons majority," Boles tweeted.

Leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg was not convinced by her promise, saying "intention is one of those politicians' dangerous words that one should never rely on".

12 Dec 2018

Conservative Party MPs in Britain began two hours of voting Wednesday on a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Theresa May, initiated by anti-EU lawmakers opposed to her Brexit plan.

The British leader, who earlier vowed to fight "with everything I've got", needs a majority of her MPs - 159 - to back her in the vote to remain in Downing Street.

The result is expected around 21:00 (2100 GMT).

12 Dec 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May told her MPs Wednesday she plans to quit before the 2022 election, as she seeks their support in a confidence vote, a lawmaker said.

"She said she does not intend to lead the 2022 election," Conservative MP Alec Shelbrooke told journalists after the closed-door meeting, confirming other reports.

12 Dec 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May is speaking to dozens of Conservative lawmakers, less than half an hour before a no-confidence vote among them that will decide her fate.

May was greeted by table banging as she entered a room in the House of Commons to address backbenchers.

That is a customary sign of approval, but May faces a tough crowd that includes rivals such as former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Both are among critics of May's Brexit deal with the European Union.

Tory Brexiteers are hoping to topple May in Wednesday evening's vote.

She is making a last-minute appeal, saying ditching her now would plunge the country into even more uncertainty.

One lawmaker who attended, James Cleverly, said May "made it very clear that there is a job of work to be done (on Brexit) and this is a delay and a distraction."

12 Dec 2018

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12 Dec 2018

The vote to oust May: A guide to how it works and what comes next

If Theresa May is defeated, the first ballot in the new leadership contest will be held on Tuesday. Candidates could be whittled down to the final two by December 20.

Once there are two candidates, it's meant to go to party members in a postal ballot.


12 Dec 2018

WATCH: Theresa May: How does a Tory leadership contest work?

Theresa May is set to face a leadership contest after 48 Tory MPs sent in letters of no confidence.

Owen Paterson, Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg are among MPs who have openly submitted letters.


12 Dec 2018

May keeps fighting as tories prepare to vote on her leadership

Theresa May vowed to fight the leadership challenge against her, warning rebels in her Conservative Party that if they topple her they will be putting Brexit at risk.

The pound, meanwhile, rose as much as 0.5% as traders bet she would win.


12 Dec 2018

Theresa May faces Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons ahead of a vote of confidence in her leadership.

12 Dec 2018

Polish PM seeks confidence vote in parliament - (AP)

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has asked in parliament for a confidence vote on his own government, saying he wants to be sure that his government has "a mandate" ahead of a European Union summit.

12 Dec 2018

Brexit anxiety grips business amid leadership crisis

UK companies are fretting over the prospect of a no-deal departure from the European Union, with the government on the brink of collapse and Brexit negotiations likely delayed into the new year.

Facing defeat on her Brexit accord, Prime Minister Theresa May this week postponed a vote on the plan, fuelling a revolt within the Conservative party set to culminate with a no-confidence test on Wednesday evening.

A loss for May would risk a further time lag on Brexit, pushing the talks onto the back burner until the leadership question was settled.


12 Dec 2018

"Weeks spent tearing ourselves apart will only create more divisions," May said in a statement delivered outside her Downing Street office, adding: "I stand ready to finish the job."

12 Dec 2018

UK PM May to contest confidence vote 'with everything I've got' - (AFP)

Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she will contest a confidence vote in her leadership "with everything I've got", adding that changing course now could derail the Brexit process.

12 Dec 2018

SA to feel the blow in 'no-deal' Brexit, economist warns

North West University economist Raymond Parsons has warned that South Africa could be among the hardest hit by the UK’s path out of the European Union (EU).

Parsons is a referential economic commentator, having analysed and studied most of democratic South Africa’s economic trajectory. He authored books including The Mbeki Inheritance in 1999, and Zumanomics, published in 2013.

The UK is prominent in South Africa's trade prospects, as a trade partner to whom SA has exported more than R9bn worth of products.


12 Dec 2018

May leadership: 28 letters known; 48 needed for a challenge

At least two Conservative MPs have publicly said they’ve submitted letters of no confidence in UK PM Theresa May since the government pulled the vote on the Brexit deal on Monday.

That brings the tally of known letters to 28, up from 22 in November when it was last speculated that rebel Tories had reached the threshold of 48 letters that are needed to trigger a party leadership contest.


12 Dec 2018

May in the Netherlands as she fights to save Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May is launching her fight to save her Brexit deal over breakfast with her Dutch counterpart, the first of a string of meeting with European leaders in coming days. May arrived early on Tuesday at Rutte's official residence in The Hague and was travelling later in the day to Berlin and Brussels. Her whistle-stop tour came on the day that British lawmakers had been scheduled to vote on Brexit.


12 Dec 2018

As May faces leadership vote, a look at what happens next

British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a no-confidence vote from Conservative lawmakers angry about the divorce deal she has struck with the European Union.

A confidence vote in the leader is triggered if 15% of Conservative lawmakers – currently 48 – write a letter to Graham Brady, head of the party's 1922 Committee of backbenchers.


12 Dec 2018

Brexit in disarray as May faces leadership vote today

Theresa May is fighting for her job as British prime minister after being told she will face a vote of no confidence in her leadership, throwing the UK into fresh turmoil and Brexit into disarray.

Graham Brady, the senior Conservative Party official who runs the leadership process, announced the vote will be held on Wednesday after at least 48 Tory members of Parliament wrote to him saying they no longer have confidence in May as leader.

The leadership challenge eats into the time available to get a Brexit deal through Parliament before exit day on March 29. It increases the chances of a pro-Brexit Tory taking over, and pursuing a more dramatic split from the bloc than the one May was pursuing. The pound pared gains.

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