What is May’s working majority with out the DUP? Answer: three votes

LONDON (Reuters) – The small Northern Irish get together which props up British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has withdrawn help in some latest votes on a finance invoice as a result of its lawmakers are upset with May’s draft Brexit deal.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, November 21, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

If the Democratic Unionist Party abstains with its 10 votes, May would nonetheless have a working majority of simply three votes within the 650-seat parliament: there are 316 energetic lawmakers elected as Conservatives, and 313 on the opposition benches.

In a vote on the Brexit deal prone to be a very powerful in Britain for many years, which means each vote counts.

Following is a breakdown of parliament:


Although there are 650 seats within the House of Commons, seven lawmakers from the Northern Irish nationalist get together Sinn Fein don’t attend, and by conference the speaker and his three deputies don’t vote.

So there are 639 lawmakers who are thought-about to be energetic, that means any government wants 320 votes for a easy majority.


May has 314 energetic Conservative lawmakers and might most likely depend on two others who have been elected as Conservatives however expelled from the get together’s group in parliament.

In the vote on the Brexit deal, May is dealing with rebellions from inside her get together on two sides — from Conservative lawmakers who help Brexit and suppose she has compromised an excessive amount of with the EU, and from these who oppose Brexit.

DUP = 10

The DUP have 10 lawmakers. They oppose the draft Brexit deal, although it’s unclear how they are going to all vote.


The principal opposition Labour get together has 255 energetic lawmakers. Labour says it’s assured none of them will help May’s Brexit deal. However, the government hopes to win the help of some opposition lawmakers who both personally again Brexit or have been elected from constituencies that voted for it.

Other opposition events embody the Scottish National Party with 35 seats, the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats with 12, Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru with four and the Green Party with one. Six independents additionally sit on the opposition benches.

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