“That’s a close one,” should have been heard under UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s voice after she was spared a no-confidence vote by only 19 votes in the House of Commons.
This pursuit of a no-confidence vote is because of the Prime Minister’s failure to put together a Brexit deal that can pass Parliament. Interesting, many those that voted against her Brexit deal, voted in her favor during the no-confidence vote. The reason for this is very pragmatic. Many who oppose the Brexit as it is are in here own party, but the last thing they want is for her being removed and the way becoming clear for a Labor Party take over of the government.
Following the incredibly narrow vote, May has nothing near a mandate, but she tried to put the most positive spin on an uncomfortable situation. She told her colleagues in a speech:
“On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I am pleased that this House has expressed its confidence in the government tonight.
“I do not take this responsibility lightly.
“And my government will continue its work to increase our prosperity, to guarantee our security, and to strengthen our Union.
“And yes, 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.
“I believe this duty is shared by every member of this House.
“And we have a responsibility to identify a way forward that can secure the backing of the House.
“To that end, I have proposed a series of meetings between senior parliamentarians and representatives of the government over the coming days.
“And I would like to invite the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet with me individually, and I would like to start these meetings tonight.
‘Mr Speaker, the government approaches these meetings in a constructive spirit and I urge others to do the same.
“But we must find solutions that are negotiable and command sufficient support in this House.
“And, as I have said, we will return to the House on Monday to table an amendable motion and to make a statement about the way forward.
“The House has put its confidence in this government.
“I stand ready to work with any member of this House to deliver on Brexit, and ensure that this House retains the confidence of the British people.
Jeremy Corbyn, who is the leader of the opposition, weighed in after: