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Theresa May survives no-confidence vote over Brexit plan

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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.

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