Jeremy Corbyn: Labour could bring down Government over Brexit vote

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow

Of 317 Conservative members of parliament who voted in Wednesday's no-confidence vote, 200 supported Prime Minister Theresa May, and 117 voted against.

This means that when the prime minister makes another attempt to bring her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement to Parliament (she abandoned the previous attempt on Monday) she can do it without worrying that defeat will trigger a challenge to her leadership of the Conservative Party.

But at a closed meeting with Conservative lawmakers before they were due to decide her fate, she announced she would not take the party into the next election due in 2022, two lawmakers present told reporters.

"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".

"I have devoted myself unsparingly to these tasks ever since I became prime minister and I stand ready to finish the job", she said.

Brady told the BBC he had spoken to the prime minister and noted she was "keen that matters be resolved as quickly as is reasonably possible".

Conservative MPs don't like the concept of the "backstop" much at all, but they particularly don't like the fact that it would apply European Union laws and regulations to Northern Ireland (and to a lesser extent, the rest of the UK), and that the United Kingdom would need European Union permission to exit the "backstop" if and when it ever goes into effect.

Ms May early Thursday headed to Brussels for further negotiation on the Brexit deal.

He said later, "I just couldn't believe we're still talking about the [Irish] backstop which is toxic and totally unacceptable to the [Democratic Unionist Party]" which has a confidence and supply agreement with the Tory government, and would certainly have voted down the deal.

It's all over Mrs May's flagship Brexit withdrawal deal, which she unveiled last month. If given a dose of truth serum, most Labour MPs would say they would scrap any talk of Brexit altogether.

If May is toppled, the ERG will prove a potent force in selecting the party's next leader. With this vote, she can't be challenged again for 12 months.

Chairman of the Conservative Party Brandon Lewis called on fellow MPs to support the prime minister, telling media that "the prime minister is the right one to take us forward".

May's sternest opponents within the ERG hinted that they did not entirely believe she will stick to her pledge to go before 2022.

Asked whether he was willing to risk a no deal Brexit by refusing to bend over the backstop, he pointed out it was "within the gift of the United Kingdom to take no deal off the table".

The Dutch prime minister said he had the "highest admiration" for May winning Wednesday's vote of confidence and paid tribute to the "tenacity" and "resilience" she had shown over Brexit.

Several EU diplomats said Britain was seeking to terminate the backstop after three years.

May was reportedly greeted with applause, and the traditional banging of desks as she went into a House of Commons Committee Room reserved for the vote to address her MPs before they began casting their ballots. She met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to raise issues on key sticking points in the Brexit deal that British politicians are refusing to accept.

"My focus now is on ensuring that I can get those assurances that we need to get this deal over the line, because I genuinely believe it's in the best interests of both sides - the United Kingdom and the European Union - to get the deal over the line, to agree a deal".

"She clearly doesn't have the confidence of the Commons".

A former Bank of England employee and daughter of a Church of England pastor, May has been widely praised for a punishing work ethic and dedication to duty, but her premiership has been characterised by obduracy in the face of crises.

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