READ IN FULL: Theresa May makes defiant statement in Downing Street after surviving no confidence vote

Posted On: 
12th December 2018

Theresa May has made a defiant statement outside Number 10 after surviving a vote of no confidence in her leadership. Read it in full here. 

Theresa May spoke outside Number Ten this evening
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Sky

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.

A Brexit that delivers on the vote that people gave, that brings back controls of our money, our borders and our laws, that protects jobs, security and the union, that brings the country back together, rather than entrenching division.

That must start here in Westminster with politicians on all sides coming together and acting in the national interest.

For my part, I've heard what the House of Commons said about the Northern Ireland backstop and when I go to the European Council tomorrow I will be seeking legal and political assurances that will assuage the concerns that members of Parliament have on that issue.

But while delivering Brexit is important, we also need to focus on the other issues that people feel are vital to them, that matter to them today.

The issues that we came into politics to deal with: building a strong economy, delivering first class public services, building the homes that families need, we owe it to the people who put us here to put their priorities first.

So here is our renewed mission: delivering the Brexit that people voted for, bringing the country back together and building a country that truly works for everyone.