Theresa May wins no confidence vote by 200 to 117

British Home Secretary and leadership candidate for Britain's ruling Conservative Party Theresa May leaves after attending a cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street, in London, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. British Prime Minister David Cameron resigned on June 24 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a referendum. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

British Prime Minister Theresa May won a crucial vote of no confidence on Wednesday amid anger over the Brexit deal she has negotiated with Brussels.

She won by 200 votes to 117, said Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative backbenchers.

May is expected to address the media in the coming moments; you can watch live in the video player, above.

The vote of no-confidence in May was triggered on Wednesday when it emerged enough Tory MPs had written to Brady.

May, speaking outside 10, Downing Street shortly afterwards, vowed to “contest that vote with everything I’ve got”.

How did MPs react in the hours leading up to the vote?

Despite the vote of no confidence going ahead, May still holds support from many of her fellow party members.

Arriving at the House of Commons for Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) just before midday on Wednesday, May was met with cheers as she entered the chamber.

Several Conservative MPs throughout the session voiced their displeasure at the scheduled vote.

Father of the House of Commons and Conservative MP Ken Clarke said the confidence vote was “unhelpful, irrelevant and irresponsible,” which was met with cheers from the chamber.

Clarke, who is pro-Europe, has previously voiced his support of May’s Brexit deal, saying it is preferable to a no-deal scenario.

His PMQs comments on Wednesday afternoon followed an earlier tweet in which he referred to politicians triggering the vote as “idiots,” adding, “I said support the backstop and not the backstab.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn led the attack against May, saying her “behaviour today is contemptuous of this parliament,” when she refused to confirm a new date for the delayed meaningful vote on the draft Brexit agreement.

“Theresa May’s answer is unacceptable. This House agreed when the vote would take place. The Government has denied this House a vote,” he said.

May said the date of the delayed vote would be announced in due course while she pursued discussions with EU leaders for assurances on her deal.

“The way to avoid no deal is to agree a deal,” she added.

Odds on winning or losing a no confidence vote

The odds are heavily in Theresa May’s favour to win, according to online bookmakers.

Oddschecker, a bookmakers aggregator, said the odds suggested May had an 80% chance of gathering enough support to win the no confidence vote.

May needs to secure 158 votes out of 315 from Conservative MPs to retain her leadership.

Both the BBC and Sky News say they have hit the 158 mark of public declarations from Conservative MPs in the hours leading up to the vote. But the ballot, held between 19:00-21:00 CET, will be private, and May’s future will only become clear once final results are released.

With bookies odds and tallies of public declarations all appearing to back May to win the vote of confidence in her leadership, sterling also surged.

However, sterling also surged upon mention from UK justice minister David Gauke that Article 50 would need to be extended should May lose, according to Reuters.

Recent YouGov polls have also shown support for May. When asked whether May should remain Conservative leader and prime minister, 40% of respondents agreed, versus 34% who did not.

The same poll also found that 57% of Britons believe a new Conservative leader would not be able to negotiate a better Brexit deal than May.

READ: Theresa May – I will contest no confidence vote ‘with everything I’ve got’READ: What is in Theresa May’s Brexit deal and why is it so unpopular?F


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