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British PM May's government survives no confidence vote

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British PM May's government survives no confidence vote

British PM May's government survives no confidence vote

UK Prime Minister Theresa May's government has won a no confidence vote, but still needs to find a way out of the deepest crisis in British politics for half a century.

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British PM May's government survives no confidence vote

Theresa May has narrowly survived a vote of no confidence in her government.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, JOHN BERCOW, SAYING: "The Noes have it.

Unlock!" But that doesn't alleviate the deepest political crisis in half a century, as the UK grapples with how, or even whether, to exit the European Union.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "The House has puts its confidence in this government.

I stand ready to work with any member of this House to deliver on Brexit and ensure that this House retains the confidence of the British people." On Tuesday (January 15), parliament rejected May's Brexit deal with the EU by the worst margin for a British government in modern times.

The opposition Labour Party then triggered the vote of no confidence.

May's minority government needed the support of a majority of lawmakers - something they achieved by a margin of 19 votes.

That was done by May securing the backing of her Northern Irish allies, the DUP, and rebels within her own party.

But May's deal, what opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn called her "Frankenstein deal" is still... (SOUNDBITE) BRITISH OPPOSITION LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: "...officially dead." That's left her scrambling to find a compromise that would avoid a no-deal Brexit or a second referendum on EU membership.

May is required to go back to parliament by the end of Monday (January 21) with a motion setting out her next steps.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, THERESA MAY, SAYING: "To that end I've proposed a series of meetings between senior parliamentarians and members of the government over the coming days, and I would like to invite the leaders of the parliamentary parties to meet with me individually, and I would like these meetings to start tonight".

But she has repeatedly stressed that any failure to carry out the mandate of the 2016 referendum would be catastrophic for democracy and would alienate the 17.4 million people who voted to leave.

Other members of the EU have called for discussion but also indicated that there's little chance of substantial change to the deal May agreed with Brussels.

There's a little over two months until March 29 - the date set in law for Brexit.

Germany's Foreign Minister put it this way: "The time for playing games is now over."




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