Prime Minister Theresa May’s “Brexit” deal with the EU has been again rejected by the British Parliament with 242 votes for, 391 votes against.
The PM said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave without a deal on 29 March and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed. She said the EU would need to know what use any extension would be put to. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister should now call a general election.
“I profoundly regret the decision that this House has taken tonight,” May said after the vote, which was one of the government’s largest defeats in the modern era. “I continue to believe that by far the best outcome is that the U.K. leaves the EU in an orderly fashion with a deal, and that the deal we have negotiated is the best, and indeed the only deal available.”
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said that the government “must accept its deal is clearly dead and does not have the support of this House.”
“The Prime Minister has run down the clock and the clock has been run out on her,” he said. “It’s time that we have a general election and the people can choose who their government should be.”
The defeat brings much closer the possibility of Britain either leaving the EU without a deal or conducting a second referendum on Brexit.