Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has suffered a defeat in the House of Commons, losing the vote 432-202. The EU- approved deal’s 230 vote defeat is one of the largest government defeats in history and included 118 Conservative Party MPs voting against their party’s proposal. Following a parliamentary amendment on the 9th of January, the Prime Minister now has 3 days to provide a new Brexit plan.
Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, has called a vote of no-confidence in response to the defeat, to allow Parliament to “give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this Government.”
The Prime Minister has confirmed that time will be allowed for the vote the following day, saying that “the House has spoken and this government will listen.” This vote is expected around 1900 GMT on Wednesday, 16th of January and may lead to a general election if MPs do not support Theresa May.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the EU commission, acknowledged the result via twitter. “I take note with regret of the outcome of the vote in the House of Commons this evening. I urge the UK to clarify its intentions as soon as possible. Time is almost up.”
The United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019.