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Prime Minister Theresa May won a confidence vote from her Conservative party on Wednesday, but 117 of her lawmakers said she was no longer the right leader to implement Britain's exit from the European Union.
Theresa May will not be resigning as Britain's prime minister after receiving a majority vote from conservative parliamentarians during Wednesday's no-confidence vote.
Although May "got a real grilling," she received "overall solid support' from 200 lawmakers in favor and 117 against, conservative chairman Graham Brady told CNN.
In the wake of the crucial vote, May told reporters, "This has been a long and challenging day, but at the end of it, I’m pleased to have received the backing of my colleagues in tonight’s ballot. Whilst I’m grateful for that support, a significant number of colleagues did cast a vote against me and I have listened to what they said.
"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.
Some 15 percent of the Conservative Party's 1922 Chairman requested an anonymous no-confidence vote for Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday after failing to publish full Brexit legal advice and possibly jeopardizing both the deal and the nation's economy.
Lawmakers within May’s party have been critical of her handling of the Brexit issue to the point of endorsing her resignation.
Just hours before the results were released, May promised to step down before the next parliamentary election in 2022.
Pensions minister Amber Rudd told reporters. “It was quite emotional the way she put it, she said in my heart I wanted to do that but now I recognize that I am not going to.”
Theresa May came into power as the UK’s PM following the resignation of David Cameron, after the vote to leave the European Union in the Brexit referendum, in 2016.
May served as home secretary between 2010 and 2016. She was elected MP of Maidenhead running on a “One-Nation Conservative” platform, in 1997. The PM holds a B.A. in Geography from Hugh’s College at Oxford University. May spent 20 years working in the financial sector prior to becoming engaged in politics.