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May survives ‘no confidence’ vote over Brexit handling

Joe Mont | December 12, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May withstood a parliamentary “no confidence” vote on Wednesday keeping, for now at least, her efforts for a U.K. exit from the European Union on track, if not any less contentious and fragile.

The results of the vote, tallied shortly after 9 p.m. U.K. time, were 200 for May; 117 against. The prime minister successfully wooed a majority of her often-skeptical Conservative Party colleagues, in part, by announcing that she would step down from her post prior to 2022 elections. The vote, seen as a strong (although not necessarily forceful) validation of May’s efforts, was of a large enough margin to eliminate the possibility that she might garner a majority of support, yet still resign if that margin was near a 50 percent threshold.

In March 2017, the United Kingdom, after a ballot referendum, notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union, in accordance with Article 50 of the treaty that established the...

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