The British government led by Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence motion in parliament by a slim margin of 19. The vote came after ending of five hours long discussion on Wednesday evening at Parliament when the move tabled by opposition leader Jeremy Corbin, who accused the zombie government of failing the country and turning a deal that had been touted as the easiest in history into a national embarrassment.
Prime Minister May had been expected to win the vote as each her ally the Democratist Union Party of Northern Ireland and party MPs promised to back her. 306 MPs voted with Mr.Corbyn and 325 voted against him. Ms. May responded to the result saying she wanted to reach out to opposition party leaders to meet her to discuss a route forward in a constructive spirit.
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The vote followed the huge defeat suffered by the government on Tuesday night, when MPs resoundingly rejected the government’s Brexit withdrawal deal by a margin of 230—the largest ever lost by a British government in modern history. The margin was considerably larger than the 166 votes by which the minority government of Ramsay Macdonald lost a vote in 1924, which Corbyn said would have led any other leader to do the right thing and resign