our barbara wesel is standing by, as she has been doing for the past couple of evenings. good evening to you, barbara. this was a close result, this no-confidence vote. how does it look from where you are standing tonight? barbara: it shows that of course it happened, what we expected, that theresa may's own party would sort of rally and pull everybody together and say, "ok, we want her still in government." because what it means, had they not done that, they would have lost power probably, because it is not certain they would win the next election if there were to be one. so, this was just a simple self-preservation that prevailed this evening. and it is not really about theresa may, it is about staying in government. it is about the tories sort of keeping their hold on power, and they are absolutely willing under all circumstances to do that. and that is the only reason that they keep on sort of protecting and carrying and guarding theresa may in office, because there is nobody else who wants to dirty their hands at the moment with the problematic situation. so she is s
and in london is our own barbara wesel standing by at the house of parliament. barbara, i want to start with you. we have just heard that one of the key votes this evening known as the cooper amendment has failed to pass. what does that mean? barbara: it means that this day is going rather to theresa may. it looks like it at this point in time, because the first three amendments failed, and those were the ones brought by the opposition. the cooper amendment you mentioned was one that would have tied the hands of government to prevent a no deal, and that would have been a power grab by parliament in order to sort of hedge in theresa may and make certain things impossible for her. now that has been voted down, so it means that parliament is not going to take control. it means that theresa may and her conservative party is going to keep control of brexit. but it does not mean that the evening is going to end with some sort of clear result. but still, things are going her way. brent: it begs the question, why are we seeing this debate going on and these amendments?
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