UK PM May seeks to end Brexit stalemate after winning confidence vote

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on MPs to "put self-interest aside" and "work constructively together" towards Brexit after surviving a no confidence vote and averting a general election.

The prime minister is expected to hold meetings with both Tory Brexiteers and the DUP - both of which rejected her withdrawal deal earlier this week - on Thursday.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May makes a statement following winning a confidence vote, after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal, outside 10 Downing Street in London January 16, 2019.

Backbench Labour MPs ratcheted up the pressure on Mr Corbyn after Mrs May came through the no confidence vote unscathed.

Now it's back to Brexit, where May is caught between the rock of her own negotiating red lines and the hard place of a Parliament that wants to force a radical change of course.

"That's why I am inviting MPs from all parties to come together to find a way forward".

Why is Corbyn refusing to join the talks?

Corbyn has previously said that he would consider participating in the cross-party talks proposed by May only if the no-deal Brexit option is ruled out. It is hard to see how any Brexit plan can pass the House of Commons without the support of some of Labour's 256 lawmakers.

What have other parties said?




May's Brexit deal suffered a crushing defeat in parliament on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the European Union, a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave or a compromise deal of some sort. The preferred choice of the party is a second referendum. Not even losing her majority at the 2017 election was enough to persuade her to try consensus-building, something that her critics regard as a major flaw.

May also reiterated a promise to return to the Commons on Monday to give MPs another vote on her plans.

And the Telegraph reported it had seen a leaked transcript of a conference call in which Chancellor Philip Hammond told business leaders that a no-deal Brexit could be "taken off the table".

In a brief statement after the talks, May said that she spoke to the Scottish National Party (SNP), Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru, while expressing disappointment that Corbyn had chosen not to take part in the discussions.

But with no clear majority in Parliament for any single alternative, there's a growing chance that Britain may seek to postpone its departure date while politicians work on a new plan - or even hand the decision back to voters in a new referendum on Britain's European Union membership.

Meanwhile, Mr Blackford has also written to Mr Corbyn, along with other opposition leaders, to urge him to back another referendum as Labour's official position.

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said the bloc was stepping up preparations for a disorderly "no-deal" Brexit after Parliament's actions left Europe "fearing more than ever that there is a risk" of a cliff-edge departure.

"The only feasible way to do this is by asking the people whether they still want to leave the European Union. politicians must not waste any more time on fantasies".

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