Embattled British PM May faces confidence vote

The minority government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a vote of confidence today, three weeks after the Conservative leader’s election gamble backfired.

British MPs will vote on Thursday on the prime minister’s legislative plans — the Queen’s Speech – after a week of debate.

With the backing of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), May is likely to win the votes, but in case somehow she fails her authority will be further challenged.

Voting on the Queen’s Speech determines whether a government commands the confidence of the House of Commons or not. If the Conservatives failed to gain the vote of confidence, it could trigger another general election.

May had called for a snap election in April in hopes of getting an increased parliamentary majority that could have strengthened her position before going into two years of intense negotiations with the European Union about Britain’s departure from the…

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