British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote of confidence in her leadership.She won the confidence vote with a majority of 83, with 63% of Conservative lawmakers backing her and 37% voting against her.
The vote was triggered by 48 of her MPs angry at her Brexit policy, which they said betrays the 2016 referendum result.
Prominent Brexiter Jacob Rees-Mogg has reacted to the vote result by calling on the prime minister to resign.
“It’s a terrible result for the prime minister,” he told the BBC. Of the 160-170 Tory MPs who are not on the government payroll, more than half voted against her, he said.
Asked whether he will reject the result, he said: “the prime minister must realise that under all constitutional norms she ought to go and see the Queen urgently and resign”.
“Constitutionally if a prime minister cannot get her business through the Commons, and on Monday the prime minister stood up and said that she was going to lose so heavily that she wasn’t even going to present the vote, and then discovers that the overwhelming majority of her backbenchers have voted against her, she clearly doesn’t have the confidence of the House of Commons and she should hand over to someone who does.”
On his part, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Labour Party leader, issued a statement where he said despite the victory she recorded, she has lost majority in parliament.
“Tonight’s 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,” he said.
“That’s why she pulled the vote on her botched Brexit deal this week and is trying to avoid bringing it back to Parliament. It’s 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.”
The prime minister still faces a battle to get the Brexit deal she agreed with the EU through the UK parliament.
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