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UK PM Theresa May Wins Crucial Confidence Vote To Continue In Office


01/31/2019




UK PM Theresa May Wins Crucial Confidence Vote To Continue In Office
A crucial vote of confidence in the UK parliament was won by British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday.

In the ballot of Conservative members of parliament (MPs), May won the leadership challenge by 200 votes to 117 votes against her.

To win the confidence vote a simple majority - at least 159 out of 315 Conservative MPs, was needed by May. This win means that no one can now challenge her leaderhisp for teh next one year at least.

Although she had won, a significant number of her party colleagues had cast ballots against her leadership, acknowledged May in a statement after the vote.

"A significant number of colleagues cast a vote against me and I have listened to what they said," May told the press in front of 10 Downing Street.

It was now time to deliver "the Brexit the people voted for", May however also said.

The vote had to be held because the chairman of a prominent group of Conservative backbench MPs called the '1922 Committee’ was submitted letters of no-confidence in May's leadership by 48 Conservative members of parliament (MPs).

The rules of the party states that a confidence vote must be held in case 48 Conservative MPs or 15 per cent of the parliamentary party make written submission of no-confidence in the party leader to the chair of the 1922 Committee.

The threshold was met Tuesday evening, said the Chairman of the 1922 Committee Graham Brady and added that he wanted the vote to be held soon after. "It is beneficial to resolve this matter as quickly and as smoothly as possible," he told the media.

She would fight the vote "with everything I've got", May had said on Wednesday morning before the vote. She also said that the general people of the country want the government pushing ahead with the Brexit deal even as there is growing chaos and uncertainty over the impending departure of the UK from the European Union.

However, May still has the daunting challenge of convincing members of parliament of her own party as well as those in the opposition to support the Brexit deal that she has struck with the EU.

The MPs were scheduled to vote on the deal brokered by May on Tuesday but that was postponed by May as she believed that there was widespread opposition to a number of clauses in the deal. The sop called Northern Irish "backstop" is amongst the most important and controversial part of the brokered deal for many MPs in the U.K.

A 21-month transition period would start with the setting of Brexit in March of 2019 and many are hopeful that the UK would be able to strike a trade deal with the EU.

Even though the transition period is extendable, the Irish backstop will kick in if there is no deal between the two parties within that period. That would create a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. The controversy over the backstop has emerged because it is believed that such as situation would be an indefinite one and Northern Ireland remains largely aligned to the EU, which is an undesirable one for any politician in the UK.

(Source:www.telegraph.co.uk)






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