After big Brexit deal defeat, PM May set to win trust vote

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May's decision to exclude Corbyn from cross-party talks after the Tuesday vote was widely condemned by MPs and political commentators on social media.

He attacked the PM for presiding over "the largest defeat in the history of our democracy" on her Brexit deal before saying there has been no offer of all-party talks from the prime minister to break the impasse.

The prime minister is approaching those discussions with a set of principles on Brexit, a United Kingdom official told reporters later, adding she'd never used the term "red lines" - a reference to the accusation leveled at her by opposition lawmakers she'd boxed herself in talks with Brussels.

The motion was tabled tabled on Tuesday by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn after 432 MPs voted against the Brexit deal. Ousting the prime minister is less appealing when, instead of offering the potential for career advancement, there is a strong chance that it would instead lead to a demotion to the shadow cabinet.

May has said cancelling Brexit is likelier than leaving with no deal, but has repeatedly described any failure to carry out the mandate of the 2016 referendum as "catastrophic" for democracy. The prime minister has until Monday to come up with a new Brexit plan, and has promised to consult with senior lawmakers from across the political spectrum on her next moves. Do the right thing and resign, he told May.

Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru Westminster leader, met Mrs May in the House of Commons on Wednesday night.

He said Mrs May meant to retain her "red lines" - ruling out Labour's demand for a customs union with the EU - with sources suggesting compromising on this would risk cabinet resignations. I told the Prime Minister, however, that this must not be a meeting for a meeting's sake. That's because on March 29, 2017, May delivered a notification to the EU Council President, Donald Tusk, under article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

The Brexit campaigner told BBC Wales Live: "There is no mood now for any form of compromise".

May responded: "When they were [voting in the European Union referendum] I believe they did vote to ensure we continue to have a good trading relationship with our nearest neighbours in the European Union but also to improve our trading relationships with others around the world".

The most contentious section of the deal was an insurance policy known as the "backstop" created to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member state.

Peter Altmaier, a close ally of Angela Merkel in Germany's government, said a request to extend article 50 would be given serious consideration.

They include Gina Miller, who took the government to court, forcing the government to hold the meaningful vote.

The Welsh Labour leader said: "In my view, the options for resolving the crisis facing our country are narrowing".

Explaining it, he said: 'The Bill would say this that if the PM has not secured a compromise bill and got it through Parliament by the end of the first week of March then she would be legally mandated to write to the European Union and ask for a nine month extension to Article 50.

"Momentum is shifting away from the harder Brexit route and towards a number of options ranging from postponement and second referendum".

The result was expected, given that a Conservative rebellion would have likely resulted in a general election that might have gone very badly for the party.

Labour AM Alun Davies, who supports another referendum, said before Mr Drakeford's statement it is clear an election "is not going to happen".

He also criticized the government record on issues beyond leaving the European Union before facing Tory taunts, with former minister Anna Soubry labelling him the "most hopeless leader of the opposition we've ever had". This vote will occur on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Meanwhile, former Labour MP John Woodcock, who quit the party while suspended amid harassment allegations, did not support the no-confidence motion because Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell "are simply not fit to hold public office".

The government was backed by the eight Welsh Tory MPs.

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