British Prime Minister Theresa May has faced a catastrophic defeat in the House of Commons today, as politicians have once again voted against her proposed deal for Brexit, which is due to happen just 17 days from now.
Following the rejection of her last deal almost two months ago, May hoped that her last minute negotiations with the EU on Monday night would help her to win the support of MPs today.
The chamber today was ‘absolutely rammed’, tweeted MP Hannah Bardell, as British lawmakers flocked to the Commons to cast their votes. The result was 391 to 242 against the deal.
May commented that she ‘profoundly regrets’ the decision taken by the House of Commons today, whilst saying that she still passionately believes that the best outcome is to leave the EU in an ‘orderly manner’.
MPs will vote this week on whether to crash out of the European Union with no deal, or whether they will delay the divorce process further, perhaps leading to a second referendum or further negotiations with the EU.
Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, warned in a tweet that there must be a withdrawal agreement in order for a smooth transition out of the EU. Without this, Britain with crash out on March 29.
Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, however, suggested that May’s new deal was an ‘embarrassment’ and that a no-deal Brexit is ‘the only safe route out of the abyss and the only safe route to self respect’ for the country.
May has confirmed that parliamentarians will get to decide within the next few days whether the country will leave with no deal or they will attempt to delay departure from the EU.