Theresa May Survives Leadership Challenge from Brexiteers

The prime minister survives a confidence vote but promises to stand down before the next election.

British prime minister Theresa May attends the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017
British prime minister Theresa May attends the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017 (The Prime Minister’s Office/Jay Allen)
  • British prime minister Theresa May has survived a confidence vote called by members of her party who feel she has mishandled Brexit.
  • In a sign of how deeply Britain’s departure from the EU has divided Conservatives, 200 lawmakers voted for May and 117 against.
  • It is still doubtful she can get the Brexit treaty through Parliament.
  • To placate skeptics, May has promised not to lead the Conservatives into the next election.