Hartlepool MP says Prime Minister Theresa May is caught 'between a rock and a hard place' after confidence vote

Hartlepool MP Mike Hill says Theresa May has been left 'between a rock and a hard place' despite winning a confidence vote by Tory MPs.

Thursday, 13th December 2018, 3:47 pm
Updated Friday, 14th December 2018, 7:30 am
Theresea May addresses the media after last night's vote

The Prime Minister heads to Brussels today, seeking fresh concessions for her Brexit deal after emerging victorious from last night's vote.

She will address EU leaders at the two-day European Council after seeing off rebels who attempted to remove her from the party leadership, winning by 200 votes to 117 in a secret ballot.

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After a day of drama in Westminster, the Prime Minister was still faced with the dilemma of how to convince the EU to tweak the Withdrawal Agreement so that it will be passed by Parliament.

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."

She pledged to seek "legal and political assurances" on the Brexit backstop to allay MPs' concerns about her Withdrawal Agreement when she attends a European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday.

And she said she and her administration had a "renewed mission", saying: "Following this ballot, we now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country."

She said this must involve "politicians of all sides coming together and acting in the national interest".

Mike Hill said: "We now know there are 117 disaffected Tories on the backbenches, which puts Theresa May between a rock and a hard place.

"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.

"She will then not only have lost the support of her own backbenchers, but she is also likely to have lost the support of the whole house."