Theresa May has said she is “disappointed” Jeremy Corbyn has yet to take up her offer of talks on Brexit, after surviving a no-confidence vote called by the Labour leader.
Speaking in Downing Street, the prime minister said her door “remains open” to Mr Corbyn, who has called on Mrs May to rule out a “no-deal” Brexit before he will hold talks with her.
The PM’s address came after she survived an attempt by the opposition to oust her, prevailing by 325 votes to 306 – a majority of 19.
Mr Corbyn tabled the motion of no confidence in the immediate aftermath of the PM’s Brexit deal being overwhelmingly rejected by MPs on Tuesday.
Conservative MPs who voted against their leader on her EU Withdrawal Agreement then rallied around her, along with the DUP, to see off the opposition’s attempts to remove Mrs May from Downing Street.
“I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people’s instruction to leave the European Union. And I intend to do so,” the PM said outside Number 10.
“So now MPs have made clear what they don’t want, we must all work constructively together to set out what parliament does want.
“That’s why I am inviting MPs from all parties to come together to find a way forward. One that both delivers on the referendum and can command the support of Parliament.
“This is now the time to put self-interest aside.”
Mrs May said she had already held “constructive” talks with Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable and Ian Blackford and Liz Saville-Roberts, the Westminster leaders of the SNP and Plaid Cymru respectively.
The PM has to return to the Commons on Monday and set out her next steps on Brexit after the rejection of her deal.
But Mr Corbyn has made clear that he will only countenance holding talks with Mrs May if she rules out the prospect of Britain leaving the EU without a deal on 29 March.
He told MPs in the Commons after the result of the no-confidence vote was announced: “Before there can be any positive discussions about the way forward, the government must remove clearly once and for all the prospect of the catastrophe of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit from the EU and all the chaos that would come as a result of that.”
The SNP has made clear it wants options like extending Article 50, holding a second referendum and ruling out “no-deal” to be on the table in the talks.
The party, along with the Lib Dems, Greens and Plaid Cymru, has also called on Mr Corbyn to back a second referendum now that his no-confidence motion has failed.
The Labour leader wants a general election to be held in the first instance and has pledged to renegotiate Mrs May’s Brexit deal if he wins power.
But the party says all options – including backing another referendum – are on the table if it cannot secure another election.
The DUP said the result of the no-confidence vote “shows the importance” of the Northern Ireland party’s confidence and supply deal with the Tories.
Deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the party’s 10 MPs had “once again” made the difference.
Although the immediate danger to the PM’s position has receded slightly, she risks losing control of the Brexit process when she sets out her alternative plan to parliament on Monday.
This is because she must table a motion which can be amended by MPs, who are expected to use the opportunity to test support for a range of alternatives to the PM’s strategy.
These include ruling out “no-deal”, a second referendum and a Norway-style relationship with the EU.
Labour MP David Lammy, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for a second referendum, said the PM was “like a broken record”.
He added: “After two-and-a-half years of damaging the country’s economy and international standing while failing to get consensus in Parliament, her refusal to change tack is a historic mistake.
“If the prime minister really cares about the national interest, she would give the public the final say over this Brexit mess, with the option to stay in the EU.”