Theresa May's Brexit deal suffers the largest Commons defeat in 95 years

Theresa May's Brexit deal suffers the largest Commons defeat in 95 years

Theresa May's Brexit deal suffers the largest Commons defeat in 95 years

The total may climb above 100, perhaps leaving Mrs May in second place behind Tony Blair, who faced a rebellion of 139 over his plan to take Britain to war with Iraq in 2003 (he won the vote anyway, with the backing of the Tories).

Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a perilous "no-confidence" vote in Parliament Wednesday after her plan to withdraw from the European Union suffered the biggest defeat for a government in the House of Commons in modern history.

During the debate on Wednesday, Labour's Corbyn said that the Brexit vote on Tuesday night has left May's government ineffective to deliver on her promise.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the defeat "catastrophic" and said a vote of no-confidence would allow the House of Commons to "give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government".

Before the main vote, MPs voted on an amendment by Conservative MP John Baron, which was created to give the British government the right to terminate the Northern Ireland backstop measure without the agreement of the EU.

In a statement immediately after her drubbing, Mrs May said: "The House has spoken and this Government will listen".

May now has 24 hours to save her government.

"Today it was asked a simpler question: should the next step be a general election?"

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU party and her likely successor.

John McDonnell, finance spokesperson for the opposition Labour Party, said May could eventually get a deal through Parliament if she negotiated a compromise with his party. May promised the government would approach those talks in a "constructive" manner.

"If these meetings yield such ideas, the government will then explore them with the European Union".

European Union officials immediately said that plans to cope with a disorderly, no-deal departure on March 29, rife with the prospect of chaos on roads, airports and administration would be sped up. "Every day that passes without this issue being resolved means more uncertainty, more bitterness and more rancor", May said.

Even the most optimistic members of May's inner circle didn't think the government could win the so-called "meaningful vote". Blackford also called on Corbyn and the Labour Party to stop sitting "on the fence" and join the SNP in calling for a "people's vote " on the Brexit deal.

DUP leader Arlene Foster welcomed Tuesday's vote, saying the UK parliament had "acted in the best interests of the entire United Kingdom".

"We will support a deal that brings the country back together, protects jobs and supports the economy", McDonnell said.

May responded: "When they were [voting in the European Union referendum] I believe they did vote to ensure we continue to have a good trading relationship with our nearest neighbours in the European Union but also to improve our trading relationships with others around the world".

"It would deepen division when we need unity, it would bring chaos when we need certainty, and it would bring delay when we need to move forward", she told MPs. "I take note with regret of the outcome of the vote in the House of Commons this evening".

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged London to "clarify its intentions as soon as possible", warning: "Time is nearly up".

"Time is nearly up", he said.

As the EU's leaders have made it clear they are not open to negotiations, the vote also increases the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit: a British exit from Europe which would see trade relations fall back on World Trade Organization rules.

Untangling a 45-year marriage was not as easy as some Brexiteers claimed it would be.

May's deal faces widespread opposition, primarily because of language created to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which some fear will indefinitely tie Britain to the EU.

May's defeat seemed inevitable.

It is far from certain that May will lose this vote.

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