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Let's deliver Brexit: Prime Minister's rallying call to MPs - disappointment Labour not involved in talks

Put self interest aside and work together, May appeals to MPs

Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

The Prime Minster has said surviving a no confidence motion in Parliament allows her to work to deliver Brexit and called on MPs to "put self interest aside" and "work constructively together".

But Theresa May said she was disappointed Labour had not taken up her invite to meet to find an agreement that would secure a Parliamentary majority but said her door was always open.

MPs rejected Labour’s motion of no confidence in Theresa May’s Government by 325 votes to 306 - a majority 19 - with the DUP highlighting just how crucial their votes were to the Prime Minister.

Theresa May said her cross-party meetings would begin immediately. Jeremy Corbyn called on the Prime Minister to take a no-deal departure off the table before "positive discussions" could take place.

Speaking in Downing Street on Wednesday evening, the Prime Minister said: "This evening the Government has won the confidence of Parliament.

"Overwhelmingly, the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit.

"I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people's instruction to leave the European Union and I intend to do so."

She said she had held "constructive" meetings with the Liberal Democrats, SNP and Plaid Cymru Mr Cable, Mr Blackford and Ms Saville-Roberts and would meet MPs including the DUP on Thursday.

She added: "I am disappointed that the leader of the Labour Party has not so far chosen to take part, but our door remains open."

She said "MPs have made clear what they don't want, we must all work constructively together to set out what Parliament does want".

"It will not be an easy task, but MPs know they have a duty to act in the national interest, reach a consensus and get this done.

"In a historic vote in 2016 the country decided to leave the EU. In 2017, 80% of people voted for parties that stood on manifestos promising to respect that result.

"Now, over two-and-a-half years later, it's time for us to come together, put the national interest first - and deliver on the referendum."

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