Theresa May suffers historic defeat as 432 MPs vote to reject her Brexit deal

Theresa May Brexit Defeat
Theresa May suffered an historic defeat when MPs rejected her Brexit Withdrawl Deal with the EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a humiliating defeat as her Brexit deal was rejected by 230 votes, making it the largest defeat in history for a sitting government.

The deal negotiated by Mrs May with the European Union had been widely criticised from all sides of the Brexit debate with MPs voting by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dealt another blow by tabling a vote of no confidence in the government, which could trigger a general election.

This confidence vote is expected to be held at about 1900 GMT on Wednesday, with Mr Corbyn saying it would allow the House of Commons to “give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government”.

However, DUP leader Arlene Foster said her party, which keeps Mrs May in power, would be supporting the government in Wednesday’s confidence vote.

118 Conservative MPs voted against Mrs May’s deal with just three Labour MPs, Ian Austin (Dudley North), Kevin Barron (Rother Valley) and John Mann (Bassetlaw), supporting her.

Despite such a conclusive defeat usually being followed by a prime ministerial resignation, Mrs May said she intended to carry on.

She offered cross-party talks to determine a way forward on Brexit, if she succeeded in winning the confidence vote.

Former foreign secretary and leading Brexiteer Boris Johnson said it was a “bigger defeat than people have been expecting”, but added that he would back the Prime Minister in the confidence vote.


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