Theresa May no confidence Brexit vote: Suffolk and Essex MPs react

"There are 117 MPs in her own party that have said that they don't have confidence in her - how many of those can she convert to vote for her deal?"

Arriving at the Brussels summit, May said she had heard "loud and clear" the concerns of MPs over the backstop and would tell her continental counterparts "what we need to get this deal over the line".

It is thought that her Withdrawal Agreement can only get through the Commons if the European Union agrees to a legal addendum committing it to negotiating a free trade deal and agreeing a mechanism to allow the United Kingdom to exit the backstop unilaterally.

It would mean Northern Ireland remaining aligned to European Union regulations after Brexit to prevent a hard border with the Republic.

Pro EU protesters demonstrate outside the British Houses of Parliament in central London, Dec. 11, 2018 after British Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to postpone the Brexit deal Meaningful Vote.

However, she played down the prospect of an "immediate breakthrough" during the two-day gathering in the Belgian capital.

Britain's beleaguered Prime Minister Theresa May has defeated an attempted coup by Conservative MPs unhappy at her handling of Brexit but has been politically wounded and compelled to signal that she will step down before an election in 2022.

He said there was an "overwhelming majority" in the Commons against a no-deal Brexit but the prime minister should now hold a series of votes to establish what other options MPs were willing to accept.

Britain's weakened Prime Minister Theresa May has headed for Brussels to lobby European leaders for help after she survived a parliamentary mutiny that highlighted the deadlock over Brexit.

"Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May's leadership".

Adding, "there will be no agreement on this deal in the House of Commons".

Fellow seasoned Brexiteer Owen Paterson, who was said to have sparked this vote, shared his letter of no confidence in The Telegraph Tuesday night, writing that "the Prime Minister's proposed "deal" is so bad that it can not be considered anything other than a betrayal of clear manifesto promises". Labour said that they didn't want to pull the trigger too early, before Tory MPs or the DUP were willing to take down the government. The UK could request an extension to Article 50 - something the prime minister has previously ruled out - but this would require the unanimous approval of the 27 other member states.

The Conservative leader can not now face another no-confidence vote among her own MPs for 12 months - giving her time to see through the infighting over Brexit.

Speaking following the vote, May acknowledged that a "significant number" of her MPs had voted against her but vowed to continue with her Brexit deal.

Irish premier Leo Varadkar, who held a lengthy one-to-one meeting with Mrs May ahead of the main summit, said she had to honour her commitments on the backstop, meant to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic.

Whilst addressing the 1922 Committee, May committed to standing down as leader prior to the next election, mindful that Conservative MPs want to avoid a re-run of last year's election debacle. She has pledged a new vote before January 21 but faces a tall order to convince sceptical lawmakers.

And this comes after May had said this was the "only deal" and said it could not be changed.

It is not at all clear how and whether they come to her rescue.

Professor Menon said: "What we know in the structural sense is that we're exactly back where we started - she has got a deal that no one likes that there aren't the numbers to get through parliament".

May took over after her predecessor David Cameron quit following the shock vote for Brexit in June 2016, winning by default after her rivals fought among themselves or withdrew.

  • Tracy Klein