British Prime Minister Theresa May won a reprieve when she survived a no confidence motion against her leadership of the Conservative party, with the final score reading 200 for and 117 against.
After this victory, May promised that she would now deliver the Brexit that the people had voted for, while also clarifying that she had paid heed to her opponents as well.
Forty eight of May’s own MPs had criticised her Brexit policy, which they asserted was against the spirit of the referendum outcome in 2016. She also added that she would fight for changes in her deal at the EU summit on Thursday.
However, Jacob Rees-Mogg who had led the demand for the vote, said that May had not got the support of one-third of her MPs, which was a “terrible result for the prime minister”.
The Brexit challenge is still looming for May, since it does not have the support of several of her own MPs, including all the opposition parties. The Labour party has said that it will also table a no-confidence motion, where all MPs will vote.
Considering the trends, the opposition would fancy a strong chance at winning it and taking the country to another general election. May has vowed to leave her post before the next election is normally scheduled in 2022.
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz supported May’s victory, and said that avoiding a no-deal exit from the EU was their “shared goal”.