U.K. leader Theresa May survives no-confidence vote over Brexit plan

LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May has survived a challenge to her leadership from European Union skeptics in her own party over her handling of the Brexit process. A majority of May's fellow Conservatives backed her in a secret no-confidence ballot held Wednesday night for her to stay in office. 

The result was a defeat for the most ardent Brexit backers within the Conservative, or Tory party, but it does little to clarify Britain's path forward in its convoluted divorce proceedings with Europe.

May needed at least 158 Tories to back her leadership in the vote, and the head of the party's committee governing leadership challenges announced Wednesday night that she had met that threshold.

She has vowed to keep fighting to get the agreement she hashed out with the other 27 members of the EU, laying out the proposed terms of the divorce, approved by the British Parliament, but she still faces an uphill battle.


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