Theresa May’s government has won a confidence motion with 325 to 306 votes – just one day after she suffered the biggest parliamentary defeat ever over her Brexit deal.
A new general election was avoided after a majority of 19 MPs showed support in the prime minister, who failed to get backing on her Withdrawal Agreement from 118 of her own MPs on Tuesday. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled the vote after May’s deal was rejected by a majority of 230 votes, but ministers were unwilling to gamble with their own positions in Parliament and backed the existing government on Wednesday evening.
She told MPs that the Government would continue to work to increase ‘prosperity, guarantee our security and to strengthen our union’. May continued: ‘I do not take this responsibility lightly and my Government will continue its work to increase our prosperity, guarantee our security and to strengthen our union. ‘We will also continue to work to deliver on the solemn promise we made to the people of this country to deliver on the result of the referendum and leave the European Union.’
Corbyn, raising a point of order after the vote, said after his defeat: ‘Last night the House rejected the Government’s deal emphatically. ‘A week ago the House voted to condemn the idea of a no-deal Brexit. ‘Before there can be any positive discussions about the way forward, the Government must remove clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would come as a result of that.’