Brexit: Theresa May gives Downing Street statement

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During her address form 10 Downing, the prime minister said she has held "constructive" meetings and will be meeting MPs along with senior government officials in the coming days.

"Now MPs have made clear what they don't want, we must all work constructively together to set out what parliament does want", May said in a statement outside her Downing Street office.

Legislators ripped up May's Brexit blueprint Tuesday by rejecting the divorce agreement she has negotiated with the European Union over the last two years.

After the results of the confidence vote were announced to cheers from her Conservative lawmakers, May said she believed parliament had a duty to find a solution that delivered on the 2016 Brexit referendum result. May said an election "would deepen division when we need unity, it would bring chaos when we need certainty, and it would bring delay when we need to move forward".

She won a confidence vote by a majority of 19 with the support of her Conservative MPs and Northern Irish allies - a day after they refused to back her Brexit deal.

Other opposition parties wrote to Corbyn after the confidence vote to demand he now back a second referendum, which Labour has agreed should be considered if it can not force an election.

Political analyst Anand Menon, from the research group U.K.in a Changing Europe, said May had a remarkable ability to soldier on.

And if the Prime Minister really wanted to reassure the nation, beyond a statement from her government lectern for presentation purposes, then she should go ahead and take a no deal Brexit off the table.

It is extraordinary that, after two and a half years as prime minister, this was the first time she had invited leaders of other parties to take part in discussions about getting Britain out of its Brexit paralysis.

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His party has not ruled out tabling further no-confidence motions.

More meetings were planned for Thursday. The "door remains open" for the Labour leader to join the talks, May said.

Britain is legally on track to leave the European Union with or without a deal on March 29, unless it delays or stops the process.

The last two conditions would seem incompatible with continued membership of the EU's single market and a customs union, advocated by the opposition Labour party. They fear the alternative is an abrupt "no-deal" withdrawal from the bloc, which businesses and economists fear would cause turmoil.

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said it wasn't a straightforward judgement for the Labour party, as many members do not want Brexit to happen - meaning Mr Corbyn could quite easily be criticised for helping the process if he attends. Not even losing her majority at the 2017 election was enough to persuade her to try consensus-building, something that her critics regard as a major flaw.

European leaders are now preparing for the worst, although German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was still time for further talks.

The world's fifth-biggest economy could lose preferential access to its largest export market overnight, affecting every sector, leading to rising costs and disruption at British ports.

But her measured remarks contrasted with the blunt message from French President Emmanuel Macron, who told Britons to "figure it out yourselves".

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