Theresa May scrapes through no-confidence motion following Brexit blunder

Theresa May scrapes through no-confidence motion following Brexit blunder
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Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May has managed to survive a no-confidence vote following her failure to deliver an agreeable Brexit deal.

Members of Parliament supported Mrs May’s leadership with 325 votes to 306 following her Brexit proposal falling flat and leaving the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union in confusion and doubt.

The no-confidence vote was prompted by Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Corbyn after Mrs May’s Brexit proposal was defeated by 230 votes – the largest margin in the history of the House of Commons.

With the Brexit deadline of March 29 drawing near, the pressure is on Mrs May to negotiate a favourable divorce from the European Union which the UK joined in 1973. There are doubts as to whether or not the exit will ever happen at all.

It comes after last year’s development wherein Mrs May lost a vote to Parliament allowing them to have the final say in any proposed Brexit arrangement. The Prime Minister has also faced delays in reaching a final deal due to disputes over the Irish border.

Mrs May said that she was “most pleased” in the result keeping her Government intact, but that she was determined to “deliver on the referendum and leave the European Union”.

Since then, Mrs May has scheduled several meetings with Government leaders and senior Members of Parliament in order to find a means of breaking the deadlock on a Brexit settlement. She has also made offers to her rivals, including Mr Corbyn, to meet with her on an individual basis.

She said that she believed the Government had a “responsibility to identify a way forward”.

If no deal is reached in time, the actual Brexit could prove to be incredibly chaotic or even prompt another referendum to reconsider the decision to leave the European Union.

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