Theresa May confirms she will not lead Tories into 2022 election

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable, who is against Brexit, told BBC Breakfast: "We are still back with the problem that the government has a proposal that we can't get through Parliament and we have got to try and break that gridlock".

But despite the hostile response to the vote from the European Research Group's leadership, some of the prime minister's opponents accepted the result.

The move was sparked by her decision to delay a parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal planned for Tuesday, amid fears of a crushing defeat.

May earlier told Tory MPs she will not lead the party into the next General Election.

But Freeman predicted months of "very ugly" chaos in parliament before March, which would only end with "a national unity Brexit" made possible with the backing of Labour MPs.

"If she does not return with any further concessions or changes to her own Brexit deal, then the likelihood is it will be voted down".

"I think Theresa May should consider what she said last night".

Mr Juncker said it sometimes was tough to fathom his own state of mind but added: "It is even harder to understand the state of mind of the British MPs".

Speaking in Downing Street moments after the result was announced, Mrs May acknowledged that a "significant" number of her MPs had voted against her and said: "I have listened to what they said".


Instead, she said her focus was on salvaging her plan for an orderly Brexit. "I agree with her that we do want somebody who can unite the country and the Conservative Party and she has to ask herself is she realistically that person?"

An EU diplomat told CNN before the meeting that the other 27 EU nations were looking to May to "convince" them she can get the withdrawal agreement through the UK Parliament, something she appears to have failed to do.

In a small concession to the United Kingdom government, the conclusions add that, if used, the backstop "would apply temporarily, unless and until it is superseded by a subsequent agreement that ensures that a hard border is avoided".

But, while an early draft of the conclusions said the European Union "stands ready to examine whether any further assurances can be provided" on the backstop, this was removed from the final version.

In the meantime, the European Union executive will step up its planning for a "no deal" Brexit, publishing a set of Brexit preparedness measures on 19 December.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "It is clear there will be no changes to the deal the Prime Minister brought back last month".

Mr Wilson said he did not expect progress on Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement before the end of the year. She met with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to raise issues on key sticking points in the Brexit deal that British politicians are refusing to accept.

European officials said no further EU summits are scheduled before January 21 - by which time May has said the deal will have gone to Parliament - and the British leader has not requested one. If she does survive the vote, May will be immune from any new leadership challenge for one year.

Fellow Leaver Richard Drax said the party needed a Brexiteer as leader, telling ITV1's Good Morning Britain: "I would suggest, were the Prime Minister thinking carefully this morning, she would offer her resignation and allow someone who can deliver this to take over".

  • Tracy Klein