Theresa May has survived a vote of no-confidence in her government.
She will now need to formulate a Brexit plan which she can force through parliament.
The options still left open to May are fraught with difficulty.
Here’s what could happen over the coming days and weeks.
LONDON — Theresa May has survived a no-confidence vote in her government which came after MPs rejected her Brexit deal on Tuesday in historic numbers. The government saw off the confidence motion by 325 votes to 306, with Tory and DUP rebels who voted against the government on Tuesday uniting in their opposition to the prospect of a Corbyn-led government.
Theresa May must now focus on securing a Brexit plan which she can pass through parliament, after losing Tuesday’s vote on her original plan by the biggest parliamentary margin in modern British history. So what happens next?
May pledges to return to Brussels
May is required to return to parliament within three days and tell lay a motion telling MPs what she plans to do next (the House of Commons doesn’t sit on a Friday, meaning her deadline is Monday).
She’s expected to say that she respects the will of parliament and pledge to return to Brussels to renegotiate the much-hated Irish backstop. The fallback measure, designed to avoid the emergence of border checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland, is deeply unpopular with Tory MPs who say it could bind the UK too closely to EU rules and would undermine Northern Ireland’s relationship with the rest of the UK.
The question is whether the EU will be willing to renegotiate the deal. Senior EU figures remain very dismissive about the prospect, and it is very difficult to see May being able to secure the kind of concessions that would assuage the concerns of hardline Brexiteers and the DUP over the backstop.
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