May's government survives no confidence vote – BBC

23:15, 16 January 2019
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Rebel Tory MPs and the DUP - who 24 hours ago rejected the PM's Brexit plan - voted to keep her in Downing Street, according to the BBC.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn argued that Mrs May's "zombie" administration had lost the right to govern.

Mrs May said she would start talks with other party leaders to find a Brexit compromise that MPs will back.

Giving her reaction to the result, Mrs May told MPs she would "continue to work to deliver on the solemn promise to the people of this country to deliver on the result of the referendum and leave the European Union".

She invited leaders of all parties to have individual meetings with her on the way ahead for Brexit - starting tonight - but called on them to approach them with a "constructive spirit".

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"We must find solutions that are negotiable and command sufficient support in this House," she added.

But Mr Corbyn, who tabled the no confidence motion, said that before any "positive discussions" could take place, the prime minister should rule out a no-deal Brexit.

"The government must remove clearly, once and for all, the prospect of the catastrophe of a no-deal exit from the EU and all the chaos that would come as a result of that," he told MPs.

Mr Corbyn's no confidence motion was backed by all the opposition parties, including the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats.

His party has not ruled out tabling further no confidence motions - but Mr Corbyn is under pressure from dozens of his own MPs to now get behind calls for a further EU referendum instead.

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