Theresa May survives no confidence vote, will remain UK Prime Minister

Theresa May has survived a no confidence vote, and will remain UK Prime Minister through the Brexit process.

The vote, held Thursday morning (NZ time), was triggered when dozens of the ruling Conservative Party's MPs filed letters calling for it to be held.

Ms May won the support of 200 MPs, with 117 against - enough to keep her in the job for now.

The announcement was met with loud cheers and applause from her party.

The UK is set to withdraw from the European Union on March 29. Ms May said electing a new Prime Minister would delay the process, or possibly even cancel it altogether. The EU has said the UK can cancel Brexit if it so wishes.

After the vote Ms May gave a short speech outside of 10 Downing St, saying she has "listened" to the concerns of the 117 MPs who voted against her.

"We now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country - a Brexit that delivers on the vote that people gave, that brings back control of our money, our borders and our laws, that protects jobs, security and the union [and] that brings the country back together, rather than entrenching division.

"That must start here in Westminster with politicians on all sides coming together and acting in the national interest."

Ahead of the vote, Ms May hinted she might step down on her own accord before the next UK general election, scheduled for 2022.

"This vote isn't about who leads the party into the next election but whether it makes sense to change leader at this stage in the Brexit negotiations," she told her party.

Parliament to 'take back control' - Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the vote wouldn't make a difference to everyday Britons.

"The Prime Minister has lost her majority in parliament, her government is in chaos and she is unable to deliver a Brexit deal that works for the country and puts jobs and the economy first," he said.

"That's why she pulled the vote on her botched Brexit deal this week and is trying to avoid bringing it back to parliament. It’s clear that she has not been able to negotiate the necessary changes in Europe.

"She must now bring her dismal deal back to the House of Commons next week so parliament can take back control."

There have been warnings of potential food and supply shortages if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, but Ms May's deal does not have wide support amongst her own party's MPs.

According to BBC News, potential replacements for Ms May included Boris Johnson, Amber Rudd, Michael Gove, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, David Davis and Jacob Rees-Moog.

Mr Hunt and Mr Javid both said ahead of the vote they were backing Ms May.

Under Conservative Party rules, Ms May cannot be challenged for at least another 12 months.

Protesters outside the UK Parliament.
Protesters outside the UK Parliament. Photo credit: Newshub.