Theresa May survived a confidence vote by Tory MPs last night, although her future as Prime Minister remains uncertain.
She now goes to Brussels to address EU leaders at the two-day European Council after seeing off rebels in her own party, winning by 200 votes to 117 in a secret ballot.
However, in an online poll which ran across JPIMedia websites yesterday, 60% of respondents voted that Mrs May should step down as PM. Thirty-four per cent thought she should remain, while 6% were undecided.
After a day of drama in Westminster, Mrs May travels to the Belgian capital still faced with the same dilemma she faced before it all took place: how to convince the EU to modify the Withdrawal Agreement so that it will be passed by Parliament.
Speaking in Downing Street moments after the result was announced, Mrs May acknowledged that a “significant” number of her MPs had voted against her and said: “I have listened to what they said.”
She pledged to seek “legal and political assurances” on the Brexit backstop to allay MPs’ concerns about her Withdrawal Agreement.
And she said she and her administration had a “renewed mission”, saying: “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.”
In the same poll page, we also asked readers who they would prefer to see as Prime Minister, regardless of any Tory leadership challenge.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn topped the results with 41%, while 16% opted for Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, 12% said Mrs May should remain in Downing Street, and 11% voted for her critic Boris Johnson.
And in a separate question on the Brexit process, 38% opted to Cancel Brexit, 23% voted for Second Referendum, and 23% for a No-deal Brexit. Only 8% opted for Theresa May’s Brexit deal and 8% chose “Another Brexit deal”.
Mrs May’s victory in the confidence vote means that another challenge cannot be mounted against her position as Tory leader for a year.