British Prime Minister Theresa May faced a vote on no-confidence Wednesday night from her own party but managed to sail through, although she says she will resign her position before the next election.
The vote means she’s safe in her position from challenges for the next year; had she lost, a replacement process with new candidates would have begun immediately.
BREAKING: Britain's Theresa May survives leadership challenge, remains prime minister.
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 12, 2018
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) December 12, 2018
Theresa May survives leadership challenge. Now back to #Brexit.
— benwedeman (@bencnn) December 12, 2018
Despite a whopping 117 MPs voting against her, Theresa May now can’t be challenged for a year. Which in many ways strengthens her hand.
— Sophy Ridge (@SophyRidgeSky) December 12, 2018
Theresa May has shown us repeatedly she's very good at buying herself more time. She's done it again this evening. But we know now there are over 100 Conservatives who voted to get rid of her and probably about the same number who won't vote for her Brexit deal.
— Rajdeep Sandhu (@Rajdeep1) December 12, 2018
This result is the perfect recipe for further paralysis. It’s not grave enough to finish the PM nor is her performance impressive enough to strengthen her. And so the stasis continues.
— Lewis Goodall (@lewis_goodall) December 12, 2018
U.K.'s May narrowly beats back leadership challenge, quelling a rebellion that leaves her politically wounded and the route to Brexit unclear https://t.co/I6fTMM2MoC
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 12, 2018
English Parliament is amazing.
MP calls Brexit move a "Premature Parliamentary ejaculation."
Theresa May: "I'll turn to say to the honorable lady that if she looks carefully I think she'll see I'm not capable of a Parliamentary ejaculation."
ROOM CHEERS pic.twitter.com/uQu3OWFSCj
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) December 12, 2018
Conservative Katie Hopkins, who has made plenty of controversial statements in her time, put the no-confidence vote this way:
Tory MP face a simple decision.
A) Vote NO CONFIDENCE in Theresa May enabling a Leave Leader & the will of the people to be respected
B) Be out of power for a decade
Most decent individuals want all of you spineless swamp-gobblers out on your arses. Know that
— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) December 12, 2018
“Spineless swamp-gobblers” … they have those in the U.K. too?
In any case, May might have won the day, but she says she’ll step down before the next election.
One third of Theresa May’s own party have no confidence in her…that’s a staggering number.
Wouldn’t surprise me if she’s now ‘encouraged’ to fall on her sword.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 12, 2018
Tory MP says Theresa May has just told them she will resign as PM before the next general election. Some Ministers reported to be in tears inside the committee room.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) December 12, 2018
Where’d we leave that GIF of Theresa May dancing? Ah, here it is:
I have more confidence that Theresa May could win strictly come dancing than closing us a decent BREXIT deal ??? pic.twitter.com/t9M16WpC9p
— Josie Gibson (@Josiestweet) November 15, 2018
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) March 29, 2017