May's Brexit deal rejected by UK lawmakers
MPs have overwhelmingly rejected the British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons.
The deal was rejected by 391 votes to 242. That was less than the record 230-vote margin she suffered in January, but still a resounding repudiation of two years of painstaking work. With the deal all but dead, Parliament will probably vote to postpone Brexit this week, and lawmakers - including some of May’s own Cabinet - will likely try to maneuver to force the government to rip up its Brexit plans and start again, The Guardian reported.
May had hoped that changes to her deal agreed last minute on Monday night with the EU would get it across the line.
The coming days will be chaotic and unpredictable as lawmakers vote on whether to crash out of the EU without a deal entirely, or to delay the divorce process.
Speaking in the House of Commons after the defeat, the Prime Minister told lawmakers she "profoundly regrets" the vote against her deal. "The deal we have negotiated is the best and indeed the only deal available."
May has offered her MPs a free vote on Wednesday on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal on March 29.
The UK has spent nearly three years trying to negotiate a divorce from the EU, following the June 2016 referendum that resulted in the surprise victory of those in favour of Brexit. 101/211/202