'A Defeat Of Historic Proportions': Theresa May's Brexit Deal Rejected By Resounding Vote
Theresa May's Brexit deal has been officially rejected by the British parliament during a long-awaited 'meaningful vote'.
After months of debate May's controversial exit-deal was voted upon by MPs.
The deal was overwhelmingly defeated, with 432 voting against it and just 202 voting for the deal. This means the vote was defeated by a majority of 230 votes. Of these, 118 votes were from members of May's own party who didn't support her Brexit deal.
Following the ballot, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn confirmed he has tabled a motion of no-confidence against Theresa May's government which will be debated in the British parliament on Wednesday local time.
He said the defeat was the largest a government had experienced since the 1920s.
Corbyn also called for the no-deal option to be "taken off the table" and comprehensive customs union to be secured. He accused Theresa May of prioritising the Conservative Party over the British people.
President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted shortly after the vote result.
"If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is?" Tusk tweeted.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker also tweeted expressing his regret in another set back in Brexit negotiations. He warned the British parliament that time to negotiate a deal is almost up.
"I take note with regret of the outcome of the vote in the House of Commons this evening. I urge the UK to clarify its intentions as soon as possible. Time is almost up," Juncker wrote on Twitter.
The UK is set to leave the European Union on the March 29, 2019. That's just 73 days away.
The result comes after long delays. The vote was initially scheduled to take place at 7pm on December 11, but May delayed the vote conceding her deal faced imminent defeat.
Since then, May has been desperately travelling between London and Brussels trying to get the 585-page draft deal accepted. She also managed to survive a vote of no-confidence in her leadership brought upon her by her own party where one third of Tory MPs voted against her.
Jeremy Corbyn called for a general election in the lead up to the vote and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe implored the UK to avoid a no-deal exit for economic reasons. One MP was so upset with parliamentary debate in December, he charged forward and seized the mace in the middle of the floor to try to halt discussions altogether.
Prime Minister's spokesperson confirmed before the vote the PM would observe the spirit of the EU Withdrawal Act and make a statement to the House Of Commons before 21 January should no exit deal be reached with Brussels.
In light of this defeat, May will be required to make such a statement. She confirmed she would make the statement by Monday.
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