Theresa May survived the confidence vote spearheaded by 8 Conservative rebel MPs, and will now be immune from leadership challenge for a year.
Theresa May who vowed to deliver the Brexit “people voted for” but said she had listened to the concerns of MPs who voted against her, secured 63% of the total vote. Theresa May who survived the confidence vote, won with a majority of 83, with 63% of Conservative MPs backing her and 37% voting against her.
However while supporters urged the party to move on, critics said losing the support of a third of MPs was “devastating”. The secret ballot was triggered by 48 of her MPs angry at her Brexit policy, which they say betrays the 2016 referendum result.
In a defiant statement earlier outside her Downing Street office, the prime minister said she was “ready to finish the job” by taking Britain out of the European Union next March. Before the vote, May told her MPs she expects to step down before the next scheduled election in 2022.
“It is not her intention to lead the party in the 2022 general election,” Solicitor General Robert Buckland told the BBC after the meeting. Quite rightly she is focusing on the here and now and the need for Brexit to be delivered.”