British PM Theresa May survives oust bid again

British PM Theresa May survives oust bid again

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May survived the latest bid on Wednesday night to see her ousted from 10 Downing Street.

Backbench MPs from her governing Conservative Party met in London and rejected calls for the party’s rules to be changed to pave the way for a challenge to May as early as June.

A growing number of MPs have expressed dissatisfaction with her handling of negotiations over Brexit, and want her to quit.

May has indicated that she will announce her departure date from Number 10 when a withdrawal deal is agreed by the British Parliament.

Last December May survived a confidence vote, and under current rules she cannot be challenged again until 12 months after the decision, which means no challenge can be made until this December.

Conservative politicians at a behind-closed-doors meeting decided against changing the rules to enable a confidence vote in a leader to be considered six months afterwards, rather than a year.

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