Theresa May adamant Brexit will still happen

Theresa May is adamant Brexit will go ahead, after narrowly surviving a no-confidence vote.

"This now gives us all the opportunity to finding a way forward for Brexit, she said in a speech delivered in front of 10 Downing St.

Ms May's government earlier on Thursday (NZ time) scraped through 325-306 in a no-confidence motion brought by the opposition Labour Party.

The close call hasn't shaken her determination to see the UK through the Brexit process. The present deadline is March 29, but Ms May's deal reached with the EU was voted down by lawmakers on Wednesday (NZ time), throwing her plans into disarray.

"Overwhelmingly the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit," Ms May said, despite polls suggesting the opposite

"I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people's instruction to leave the European Union, and I intend to do so. So now MPs have made clear what they don't want, we must all work constructively together to set out what Parliament does want."

Theresa May outside 10 Downing St.
Theresa May outside 10 Downing St. Photo credit: Reuters

She has invited MPs from her party and others to "come together to find a way forward".

"This is now the time to put self-interest aside."

So far she has met representatives from the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru.

Tomorrow she hoped to meet others from "the widest possible range of views across Parliament" including Labour and confidence-and-supply partners DUP.

"I am disappointed that the leader of the Labour party has not so far chosen to take part, but our door remains open," she said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he won't talk with Ms May until she guarantees the UK won't leave the EU without a deal.

"The government must remove clearly once and for all the catastrophe of a no-deal exit from the European Union and all the chaos that would result from that," Mr Corbyn said immediately after the failed no-confidence vote.


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