UK Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote

UK Prime Minister Theresa May survives no-confidence vote
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British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday, a day after her government's plan for leaving the European Union was defeated by the same legislative body.

The BBC reported that May's government survived a no-confidence motion brought by the Labour Party. Her government received support from members of the Democratic Unionist Party and fringe members of her own party who had voted against her Brexit plan the previous day.


Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, argued ahead of the vote that May was leading a "zombie government" with little control over the country.

“If a government cannot get its legislation through Parliament, it must go to the country for a new mandate,” he said, according to multiple news outlets. “There can be no doubt that this is indeed a zombie government.”

May's plan to remove the United Kingdom from the European Union failed on Tuesday, with more than 400 MPs voting against the plan and just 202 supporting it. The British government has until the end of March to pass a plan to leave the EU after voters passed a referendum in 2016 calling for the U.K. to exit the European legislative body.

Some are calling for a new referendum on whether or not to go forward with Brexit, while others have said that May's plan did not sufficiently separate the U.K. from the rest of Europe.

May reacted to her victory Wednesday in a statement to MPs, pledging to "continue to work to deliver on the solemn promise to the people of this country to deliver on the result of the referendum and leave the European Union".

"We must find solutions that are negotiable and command sufficient support in this House," she added, according to the BBC.

Corbyn reacted to the vote by calling on May to guarantee that the U.K. will not exit the European Union without her government first reaching a deal with the legislative body to secure better economic opportunities and other benefits for British citizens.

"The government must remove clearly, once and for all, the prospect of the catastrophe of a no deal exit from the EU and all the chaos that would come as a result of that," Corbyn said, according to the BBC.