LONDON (Dec 13): Theresa May survived an attempt to oust her as UK prime minister on Wednesday, but the size of the rebellion against her weakens her position at a critical time as she tries to steer the UK out of the European Union.

May won a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party, with Tory members of Parliament backing her by 200 to 117 in the secret ballot.

While the result means May’s enemies can’t try again to oust her as party leader for at least a year, it also shows that more than one in three of her own colleagues do not want her to be prime minister. The pound, which had risen in advance of the vote, pared gains.

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