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#1 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β28335) » January 16th, 2019, 8:50 pm

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a no -confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal just weeks before the UK leaves the European Union .


A stunning 24 - hour span saw May on Tuesday dealt the heaviest drubbing by parliament in modern British political history — 432 votes to 202 — over the divorce terms she reached with Brussels .


She emerged victorious in parliament ’ s first no - confidence vote in a British government in 26 years on Wednesday by a 325- 306 margin , a majority of 19 .


But it may have only been a pyrrhic victory for the hobbled but determined premier as she tries to steer the world’ s fifth- biggest economy through its biggest crisis in a generation .


The opposition Labour Party could try to oust her government again in the hope of triggering snap elections before Britain ’ s scheduled March 29 Brexit date .


And May herself is working on the tightest - possible deadline as Britain prepares to leave the bloc that for half a century defined its economic and political relations with the rest of the world .


She has promised to return to parliament on Monday with an alternative Brexit strategy devised through cross - party talks with the opposition .


There is now an assumption among many European diplomats that Brexit will have to be delayed to avoid a potentially catastrophic “no - deal ” breakup .


May notably refused to rule out the idea when quizzed about it in parliament earlier on Wednesday .


– Divorce delay ? –
May survived Wednesday thanks to the support of members of her Conservative Party and ruling coalition Northern Irish allies in the Democratic Union Party .


But more than a third of the Conservatives and all 10 DUP members of parliament voted against her Brexit arrangements on Tuesday — each for their own reason .


May will thus tread carefully as she tries to win over opposition lawmakers — many of whom want to remain in the EU — while also attempting to appease more hardened Brexit - backing coalition partners .


During a grilling in parliament earlier on Wednesday , May repeated two key principles — limiting migration and pursuing an independent trade policy — which would rule out Labour hopes of membership of an EU customs union or its single market .


But she also hinted at the possibility of delaying Brexit .


May said the EU would allow this “if it was clear that there was a plan towards moving towards an agreed deal” .


All 27 EU leaders would have to sign off a Brexit date postponement in case May requests one — something she has until now refused to do .


EU officials have said extending the negotiating period could be possible until the newly - elected European Parliament meets in June .


– Blurred lines –
EU leaders have repeatedly said they will not reopen the draft withdrawal agreement sealed at a special Brussels summit in December .


French President Emmanuel Macron suggested after May’ s fiasco on Tuesday that the EU might be willing to tweak a few minor points — but only if they did not alter the bloc’ s existing position on trade and borders .


“ Maybe we ’ ll make improvements on one or two things , but I don ’ t really think so because we ’ ve reached the maximum of what we could do with the deal , ” the French leader said .


“ We won’ t , just to solve Britain ’ s domestic political issues, stop defending European interests . ”


German Chancellor Angela Merkel added : “ We still have time to negotiate but we ’ re now waiting on what the prime minister proposes. ”


And Irish Prime Leo Varadkar added “ that if the United Kingdom were to evolve from its red lines on the customs union and on the single market , that the European Union could evolve also. ”


– Zombie government –
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn opened Wednesday ’ s debate by telling May she was leading a “zombie government ” who

se Brexit agreement was “ officially dead ” .
May must “ do the right thing and resign , ” said Corbyn.


But there is still no consensus in parliament on how to proceed and May called an election “ the worst thing we could do ”.


“ It would deepen division when we need unity, it would bring chaos when we need certainty and it would bring delay when we need to move forward , ” May argued

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#2 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β28335) » January 16th, 2019, 8:51 pm

So she survived finally
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#3 » by eMade (f) Premium (β31651) » January 17th, 2019, 5:54 am

I'm happy she survived this. She got to restrategize. Especially for the good of the people.
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#4 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β28335) » January 17th, 2019, 6:02 am

eMade wrote:I'm happy she survived this. She got to restrategize. Especially for the good of the people.


But she shouldn't demand for it again
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#5 » by eMade (f) Premium (β31651) » January 17th, 2019, 6:12 am

AK Horsfall wrote:But she shouldn't demand for it again

Well, it became necessary otherwise a rough Brexit may be experienced. What she wanted out was a well structured win win exit.

But time is running out. The Brexit has a deadline. It can lead to instability if this is not settled amicably.
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#6 » by AK Horsfall Premium (β28335) » January 17th, 2019, 4:09 pm

eMade wrote:
AK Horsfall wrote:But she shouldn't demand for it again

Well, it became necessary otherwise a rough Brexit may be experienced. What she wanted out was a well structured win win exit.

But time is running out. The Brexit has a deadline. It can lead to instability if this is not settled amicably.


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