Theresa May survives another bid to topple her amid Brexit chaos

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By Saphora Smith

LONDON — Theresa May survived another attempt to oust her as prime minister on Wednesday — the second in five weeks — leaving Britain with a leader but without a plan as it barrels toward a March 29 deadline to leave the European Union.

Lawmakers rejected the no-confidence motion in May’s government, 325 to 306, just a day after her divorce proposal suffered the biggest parliamentary defeat of any prime minister in British history.

The twin votes leave the U.K. in its deepest political crisis in half a century as it grapples with how to exit the E.U.

May’s ruling Conservatives have 317 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons, meaning it needed the support of the Democratic Unionists, a small Northern Ireland party that has propped up her government, in the vote on Wednesday.

The no-confidence vote on May’s government was different from a no-confidence vote she faced on Dec. 12, when Conservative colleagues challenged her role as party leader. She also survived that vote.


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