Sturgeon calls May a 'lame duck leader' after confidence vote

UK Prime Minister Theresa May faces leadership ballot after Conservative MPs trigger no confidence
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14 December, 2018

Maddy Thimont Jack, a researcher at the Institute for Government in London, said: "The fundamentals of Brexit haven't changed - Theresa May still has to try and get her deal through parliament, she still has to have a meaningful vote, she still has to pass the legislation - so the scale of the challenges hasn't changed".

She was forced to postpone this week's vote in the House of Commons on the text after admitting she faced a huge defeat, as her own MPs joined with opposition parties to reject it.

If Mrs May can not secure legally-binding changes to her deal and it falls in the Commons, she has pledged to bring forward a motion by January 21 laying out what she will do next.

"It is also up to Theresa May to tell us what political solution she has planned to build a majority around this deal", Macron said.

The Prime Minister's decision to delay Tuesday's parliamentary vote on her Brexit plan to avoid an embarrassing defeat for the government sent sterling tumbling by more than 1.3 per cent against the dollar and by nearly one per cent against the euro on the foreign exchanges.

No surprise that she won.

Solicitor-General Robert Buckland said Mrs May told politicians at a meeting that "it is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election".

Another Tory legislator, Nick Boles, tweeted: "She was unambiguous".

And the Brexit-support The Sun said the "coup plot may lead to (a) historic breakup of the Tory party".

Brexit is Britain's most significant political and economic decision since World War Two, though pro-Europeans fear it will weaken the West as it grapples with the presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

The UK will leave on March 29, 2019 as an automatic outcome of triggering Article 50 and there is simply no time to start unpicking the texts on the table.

During the secret vote, all 317 Tory MPs ticked one of the box on the ballot: "I have confidence in Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party" or "I do not have confidence in Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party".

Theresa May to ask European leaders for help with Brexit
Theresa May to ask European leaders for help with Brexit

As the prime minister urged European Union leaders to offer fresh concessions in Brussels on Thursday, senior Labour sources stressed the party was determined to "turn up the heat" at home.

She has seen off a threat tonight but it is only one battle in the Brexit war.

"People and businesses need certainty".

Corbyn said: "It is totally and utterly unacceptable to this house, in any way".

Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative Party's so-called 1922 committee, said the threshold of 15 per cent of the parliamentary party seeking a confidence vote had been exceeded.

"I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister and I stand ready to finish the job", she said. That two-stage process, involving votes by lawmakers and party members nationwide, could take weeks.

There had been chatter of something like 231-86, which would have been a number that might have strengthened her hand. They complained that the vote should have been held the following Monday to give them a chance to campaign among colleagues and agree on a candidate to challenge May.

Burton MP Andrew Griffiths and Dover's Charlie Elphicke had the whip restored but both face claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour which they deny.

Pro-Brexit hardliners in her party say May has betrayed the people's vote in negotiations, while other critics say she struck a deal that is the worst of all worlds - out of the European Union but with no say over rules it has to abide by.

"She's not the person to see Brexit through", he said.

The EU leaders will then consider what could be done - without May in the room. There was no change in plans for May to address them about Brexit at a summit on Brussels on Thursday. The EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker insists it can't be re-opened, and why would the EU want to re-open it when the same interlocutor remains at Number 10 and it hasn't even been put to a vote of the UK Parliament?

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