Theresa May urges politicians to put "self-interest" aside in Brexit plea

British prime minister Theresa May has asked politicians to come together to break a deadlock over leaving the EU.

Brexit Theresa May Source: Bloomberg

British prime minister Theresa May urged politicians to put aside differences to break deadlock over leaving the EU.

Speaking late on Wednesday, May said the opposition Labour Party had yet to discuss a new approach to Brexit, and she urged politicians to put their self-interest aside and re-enter Brexit talks.

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn, refused to hold talks unless a no-deal Brexit was ruled out.

'I am disappointed that the leader of the Labour Party has not so far chosen to take part – but our door remains open,' May said

May survived parliament’s no confidence vote, securing 325 supportive votes and defeating the 306 MPs backing Jeremy Corbyn’s no confidence motion against her.

It comes after British MPs voted 432 - 202 to reject May's Brexit deal, marking the UK's worst parliamentary defeat in history.

After winning the vote, May said the coming days would involve discussions with senior government figures to find a Brexit proposal.

However, MPs are in deadlock over the way forward, which could mean a “no-deal” Brexit, or critics say it could mean another referendum on membership.

French president says referendum has been manipulated

French president, Emmanuel Macron believes there are three options for the UK. Macron spoke in Normandy after May’s loss, saying the first option would be ‘no deal’.

Macron said: 'They will tell us ‘we will try’ – I think that’s what they will do’ as the second option, while he says the third option would be a delay, which he says would follow shortly after the second option.

He said the result of yesterday's Commons vote was reflective of what referendums can create.

‘It’s a referendum that has been manipulated, manipulated from the exterior by a lot of what we call fake news, where everything and anything was said.’ Macron said

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