Wantage MP urges Tories to support Prime Minister Theresa May

Put it another way: Despite all these structural advantages-and her willingness to make herself a lame duck to win Wednesday's vote-May still lost the support of roughly 37 percent of her MPs.

She said that she would "seek legal and political assurances" on the controversial Irish backstop.

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".

May added: "That must start here in Westminster with politicians on all sides coming together to act in the national interest".

According to the unnamed source a "considerable number of Tory MPs" desperate to remove May, and could also back the opposition in a last-ditch attempt to get the party to install a new leader, the Huffington Post reports.

While Wednesday's outcome means that May can't be challenged within her party for another year, the limited margin of victory may be sapping sterling gains, according to TD Securities.

May's victory, "means she can not be challenged for another year, closing the route to a no deal outcome via Brexiteer victory in a Conservative party leadership election and a change in government policy".

She heads back to Brussels on Thursday in a long-shot bid to wrest concessions that could win her some additional votes.

Oxford East Labour MP Anneliese Dodds said: "This is putting the interests of quite a small number of people first, who have quite extreme views, and putting them before the interests of British business, our universities and all the European Union citizens who are based here".

The last batch came in after May delayed Tuesday's vote on the Brexit deal, a move that sparked outrage among MPs of all the political parties.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May at the meeting in Brussels
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British Prime Minister Theresa May at the meeting in Brussels

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the no-confidence vote as "utterly irrelevant", calling on May to "halt this escalating crisis that is so damaging to so many people in this country". "She will not be leading the Conservative Party into the next election".

The prime minister and her supporters are clearly banking on the EU's fear of a no-deal Brexit to force open the issue again.

The gathering of the Conservative parliamentary party dissolved into cheering and raucous applause just after 9pm when the result was announced by Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative body representing its Parliamentary members, the 1922 Committee.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel arrive at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium.

"Hopefully that will allow Theresa May to bring a vote in January and obtain a majority", he said.

Solicitor general Robert Buckland told reporters: "She said, "In my heart I would like to lead the party into the next election" and then that was the introductory phrase to her indication that she would accept the fact that would not happen, that is not her intention".

They could be joined by Environment Secretary Michael Gove who, although he was a convinced Leave campaigner, believes the priority is to ensure nothing prevents Brexit taking place on 29 March.

Anger over the backstop among Tory backbenchers and their Democratic Unionist Party allies was the main obstacle to Mrs May getting her Brexit deal through the House of Commons earlier this week. She's like a video game character who got an invulnerability power up just when she needed to face her most implacable enemy. That two-stage process, involving votes by lawmakers and party members nationwide, could take weeks.

Despite the secret nature of the confidence ballot, this "payroll vote" should have all voted to retain May as leader-because if they do not support her, they should resign from the government.