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Theresa May survives no-confidence vote over Brexit plan

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May still has her job. Rebels in her Conservative Party forced a no-confidence vote in objection to her Brexit plan, but did not convince a majority of the party's members of Parliament to oust her. The final vote was 200-117 in May's favor.

What's next: May is severely weakened. In an effort to secure her short-term survival, she said she would not be a candidate in the next general election. That election could come long ahead of schedule — odds of a parliamentary deadlock over her plan still look high, and her government could well collapse before she sees Brexit through. One upside for her: The hardline Brexiteers are now weakened too after their plot to topple her failed.

Theresa May faces no-confidence vote from her Conservative Party

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Rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s own Conservative Party have forced a vote of no confidence in her leadership today after 48 MPs submitted letters protesting her position. This is just days after an epic political retreat in which May canceled a doomed vote on the Brexit deal she struck with the European Union and set off on a continental tour in search of last-minute concessions.

Details: Speaking on Downing Street, May said, "I will contest that vote with everything I’ve got." Conservative lawmakers will vote from 1 pm through 3 pm ET — with a result expected sometime later in the day. If May gains support from a simple majority of her 315 colleagues and hangs on, her party won't be able to challenge her leadership for another year, though her government still may face its own no-confidence vote from opposition parties in the House of Commons.

Portuguese deals reveal Europe's divided front in confronting China

Xi with Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa. Photo: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Portugal signed two deals last week during a state visit from Xi Jinping that seemed to undermine efforts elsewhere in Europe to counter Beijing's influence.

The bottom line: Portugal is not alone in playing nice with Beijing, but these instances show that China, with the promise of big investments, can poke holes in European or Transatlantic efforts to confront it.

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