The Brexiteer vote of no confidence in Theresa May failed today, leaving the Conservative Party and U.K. in limbo as to what happens next.
Why it matters: Brexit's March 29 deadline remains unchanged, and the weakened prime minister still needs to get Parliament on board, or get the Europeans to agree on changes.
What they're saying:
- FT: "May was forced to tell MPs she would not lead the Tories into the next election, while the confidence vote brought into the public glare the scale of the enmity now felt in her party."
- The London Times: "The margin was far less than Downing Street had hoped for and looks certain to create more political uncertainty."
- The BBC: "[T]he margin of victory is a 'real blow' to the PM's authority."
- The Telegraph's Europe editor: "EU diplomats continue to look on with a mixture of pity, frustration and despair as British democracy wrestles with the many-headed Hydra that is Brexit, and the hard choices it poses."
What's next: May gave brief remarks from Downing Street after the vote, saying she was "pleased" with the result and ready to “get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people.”
- "She is now expected to travel to a summit in Brussels on Thursday to continue trying to persuade EU leaders to change the deal — they have previously said it can not be renegotiated." [BBC]