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Update: UK's May wins confidence vote after last-minute lobbying effort

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote by her Conservative Party after reportedly vowing to stand down as the party's leader before the 2022 election.

May secured a total of 200 votes, more than the simple majority needed to retain her post for another year without a leadership challenge.

However, 117 Conservative lawmakers voted against the prime minister, indicating a further weakening in support as she fights for the draft Brexit deal she reached with the European Union, media outlets reported.

Shortly after the announcement of the results, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn challenged May to bring her "dismal deal" back to the House of Commons next week so Parliament can regain control of the process. A Dec. 11 vote on the withdrawal agreement had been postponed, with May signaling that it will be held before Jan. 21, 2019.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, who led calls for the confidence vote, said it was a "terrible result for the prime minister" and called on her to resign, BBC reported.

Meanwhile, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond welcomed the outcome, saying in a tweet that the vote of confidence is the right one. "Now is the time to focus on the future. Her deal means we will honor the referendum result while safeguarding jobs and maintaining business confidence."

Speaking outside Downing Street after the result, May said she acknowledges that a "significant number" of her Conservative lawmakers voted against her, but said she would continue to work toward Brexit.

"[W]e now need to get on with the job of delivering Brexit for the British people and building a better future for this country – a Brexit that delivers on the vote that people gave, that brings back control of our money, our borders and our laws, that protects jobs, security and the union [and] that brings the country back together, rather than entrenching division," she said.

Before the vote, May made a last-minute appeal to Conservatives in a closed-door meeting and told them she does not intend to lead the party into the next election slated for 2022, MPs told reporters.

Lawmakers said that May told them she would like to run in the 2022 election, but that she recognized that the party did not want her to and so it was not her intention to do so.

The prime minister will meet with EU officials and fellow EU leaders Dec. 13 to discuss concerns over the Brexit deal. European Council President Donald Tusk has said that the deal clinched with the U.K. is not up for renegotiation.

The pound was up 1.15% against the U.S. dollar as of 4:40 p.m. ET on Dec. 12.