Theresa May survives Labour no-confidence vote
Theresa May on Wednesday saw off a vote of no confidence in her government as the prime minister invited opposition party leaders to talks about how to break the Brexit deadlock in parliament.
Mrs May survived the attempt by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to force a general election with MPs voting by 325 to 306 to reject his confidence motion.
It came a day after the House of Commons overwhelmingly rejected Mrs May’s Brexit deal, with Eurosceptic Tories and the Democratic Unionist party voting against her withdrawal agreement.
就在前一天，下议院(House of Commons)以压倒多数否决了梅达成的退欧协议，疑欧派保守党人和北爱尔兰民主统一党(DUP)投票反对她的退欧协议。
But those same Eurosceptic Conservatives and the DUP, which is meant to prop up Mrs May’s minority government, had pledged they would support her in the confidence vote.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told MPs that Mrs May had “lost control” and that the 2011 fixed-term parliaments act “was never intended to prop up a zombie government”.
工党领袖杰里米•科尔宾告诉议员们，梅已经“失去控制权”，而2011年《固定任期议会法》(Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011)“从未意在扶持一个僵尸政府”。
Speaking after MPs rejected Labour’s no confidence motion, Mrs May invited Mr Corbyn and other party leaders to mee her to “identify a way forward” on Brexit.
“I would like to invite the leaders of parliamentary parties to meet me individually, and I would like to start these meetings tonight”, she said.
“I stand ready to work with any member of this House to deliver on Brexit, and ensure that this house retains the confidence of the British people.”
Mr Corbyn responded that he would only engage in talks if Mrs May ruled out a no-deal Brexit.
“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.
Earlier, some of Mrs May’s ministers openly defied her amid the Brexit impasse by refusing to rule out the UK having a permanent customs union with the EU, which would curb Britain’s ability to forge trade deals with countries outside the bloc.
Justice secretary David Gauke suggested the UK could remain in the EU customs union, saying: “I don’t think it makes sense at this point to be creating red lines in terms of our discussions.”
But Mrs May told MPs that to respect the 2016 Brexit referendum result, the UK had to have “new opportunities to trade with the rest of the world”.