British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a
no-confidence vote in Parliament this week, as
she saw more of her power ebb away amid the
battle to keep Brexit on track after lawmakers demolished her European Union divorce deal. Her office
confirmed she will be skipping next week’s World
Economic Forum in Davos, as the Brexit process remains gridlocked 10 weeks before the country is expected to leave the European Union.
May won a narrow victory, 325 votes to 306 votes,
on an opposition motion seeking to topple her government and trigger a general election.
After defeating the no-confidence motion, May said
she would hold talks “in a constructive spirit” with
leaders of opposition parties and other lawmakers in
a bid to find a way forward for Britain’s EU exit.
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn
responded with the no-confidence motion, and urged
the government to “do the right thing and resign.”
Legislators ripped up May’s Brexit blueprint by rejecting the divorce agreement she has negotiated with
the EU over the last two years in what is the biggest
government defeat in British parliamentary history. At 432 votes to 202, the vote
was devastating for May’s leadership and
her Brexit deal.
May’s determination — or, as her foes see
it, her inflexibility — might not be an asset
in a situation calling for a change of course. The prime minister has until Monday
to come up with a new Brexit plan.