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MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 149 votes

Submitted by on 12 Mar 2019 – 20:08

With just 17 days to go until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May has faced a second humiliating defeat on her Brexit deal with MPs voting down her deal by 391 to 242 — a smaller defeat than when they rejected it in January.

Following the tumultuous defeat, she has said the government would table a motion, so that MPs can debate on Wednesday, March 13 on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal on 29 March, and she has agreed to offer her MPs a free vote on that decision.

Following this, there will be another vote on Thursday, on whether or not the UK should request an extension to article 50.

However, she has insisted that: “Voting against leaving without a deal, and for an extension, does not solve the problems we face. The EU will want to know what use we want to make of that extension. The house will have to answer that question.”

Her defeat follows her last-ditch talks at Strasbourg earlier this week, during which Jean-Claude Juncker signed off on three additions to the agreement struck in November, “committed to ratifying this deal before 29 March.”

Following today’s result, European Council president Donald Tusk said today’s vote has significantly increased the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

According to known sources, an EU spokesperson said that the EU would consider “reasoned request” from the UK for an extension of Article 50, with a “credible justification” for a possible extension and its duration.