Theresa May’s government survives vote of no confidence after last night's Brexit defeat

Theresa May’s government survives vote of no confidence after last night's Brexit defeat

PRIME MINISTER Theresa May has survived a vote of no confidence in her government tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The government won by 19 votes, 325 to 306, despite Mr Corbyn claiming the Prime Minister was leading a ‘zombie government’ due to its inability to pass legislation.

Just 24 hours ago, Mrs May suffered a record defeat when the Commons overwhelmingly rejected her Brexit deal.

Last night, 118 Tories and the DUP’s 10 MPs voted against the Prime Minister, however she had the full backing of both parties tonight, averting the prospect of a General Election.

Mrs May said she would now work to deliver the ‘solemn promise’ of Brexit.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

Mrs May has now proposed individual meetings with the leaders of rival parties on the way ahead for Brexit.

Mr Corbyn however has said the Prime Minister must rule out the possibility of a no deal Brexit before he will meet with her.

“Before there can be any position discussions about the way forward, 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 said.

The Prime Minister will table another motion on Monday.