#AceNewsReport – Dec.13: British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a vote of no-confidence within her Conservative Party over her plan for Brexit; Greg Palkot reports from London: A leadership vote had been triggered after 48 Conservative Party MPs had written letters expressing no confidence in her leadership — 15 percent of the party’s members in the Commons. But the vote of the broader bloc of Tory MPs went in her favor — with 200 MPs backing her and 117 against #AceNewsDesk reports
The victory means not only that May holds onto power, but also that now she cannot be formally challenged by her own party for a year: May had faced furious criticism from members of her own party for her handling of Britain’s departure from the European Union — from which the U.K. is set to depart in March 2019. A number of Cabinet members, including Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and two Brexit secretaries, have resigned this year over her handling of the negotiations.
The Times of London reported that May told Tories that she would not fight the next election, currently scheduled to be held in 2022. This appears to be a concession to her critics, and indicates that she may step down after the U.K. begins its departure from the E.U. in March………………..But she had told reporters ahead of the vote on Wednesday that she would “contest that vote with everything I’ve got.” ……………..“A change in leadership will put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it,” she said outside 10 Downing Street. She also warned members of her party that voting her out could lead to no Brexit and hand power to the opposition Labour Party.
May became prime minister in 2016 after winning a leadership race after the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron in the wake of the Brexit referendum. May, who supported the campaign for Britain to remain in the E.U., has seen her time in office overshadowed by the question of Brexit as she has sought to keep her own party happy while also negotiating a deal with European leaders………..A vote on the deal she negotiated with Brussels was shelved this week as she admitted she did not have the votes to get the deal through Parliament, leading to lawmakers from all sides ramping up its criticism of May’s handling of Brexit.
Brexiteers in particular have complained that a “backstop” agreement on the Irish border included in the deal — to avoid a “hard border” between Ireland and Northern Ireland — means that her deal would keep Britain tied to a customs union with the E.U. if no trade deal can be made:There are fears that, without a clear mechanism to withdraw from that backstop by itself, Britain would be left in a “Hotel California” Brexit — a reference to The Eagles song that describes a hotel from which you can check out, but never leave.
Even though May survived the vote, she still has some daunting months ahead. It is far from clear, whenever the vote on the divorce deal takes place, whether it will pass That in turn would spark calls from opposition MPs for May to call a general election. Some pro-Remain figures also have called for a second referendum, this time on the deal itself. May so far has ruled out such a vote.
Source: Fox News – The Times London – BBC News Published: December.13: 2018:
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