Staff | Report

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence leadership vote within her own party that took place Wednesday evening, party officials announced.

The Conservative Party had 200 Members of Parliament vote in favour of confidence in her leadership, while 117 voted against, giving Mrs. May a majority of 83, well over the threshold of 50 per cent plus one.

The no-confidence vote was called after a minimum of 48 Tories dropped their confidence in the party leadership of May, and a loss would have had May leave the position of prime minister and lead Brexit negotiator.

May, who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, had warned opponents of her withdrawal deal – struck after two years of negotiations – that if they toppled her, Brexit would be delayed or stopped.

May said during a short speech outside 10 Downing Street, 

Brexit supporter and social conservative Tory Jacob Rees-Mogg called for May to step down soon after the results were announced, calling it “a terrible result for the prime minister” at 63 per cent confidence.

Mr. Rees-Mogg has received backlash to the comment as he supports the results of the referendum, which saw only just over 50 per cent voting in favour of leaving the EU, and for rumoured ambitions to be the next PM.

Live: May expected to speak

The Guardian via YouTube.

A statement from May at 10 Downing Street is expected shortly.

Image of Theresa May from Politico.

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