Setback for Theresa May as UK parliament rejects Brexit deal with 334:286 votes

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Theresa May suffered a major setback today as UK’s Parliament rejected her Brexit offer. Taking part in the vote on the Brexit deal proposed by Theresa May, UK MPs rejected the deal with 344 votes against her, while 286 were in its favour.

This was the third time that UK’s Parliament had rejected a Brexit deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Earlier on Wednesday, Theresa May had offered to resign as the prime minister of the United Kingdom if her MPs agreed to back her twice-defeated Brexit deal.

Today’s vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal has triggered another round of uncertainty about the nature of relations the United Kingdom will have with the European Union.

As per the negations, today (March 29) was the day that the UK should have officially exited the European Union.

The decision to reject a stripped-down version of Theresa May’s divorce deal (the UK exiting the European Union) has left it totally unclear how, when or even whether Britain will leave the EU, and plunges the three-year Brexit crisis to a deeper level of uncertainty.

After a special sitting of Parliament, lawmakers voted 344-286 against May’s 585-page EU Withdrawal Agreement, agreed after two years of tortuous negotiations with the bloc.

Theresa May had told Parliament the vote was the last opportunity to ensure Brexit would take place and cautioned that if the deal failed, then any further delay to Brexit would probably be a long one beyond April 12.

I fear we are reaching the limits of this process in this House, May told Parliament after the defeat. This House has rejected no deal’. It has rejected no Brexit’. On Wednesday it rejected all the variations of the deal on the table.

This government will continue to press the case for the orderly Brexit that the result of the referendum demands, Theresa May said.

Meanwhile, within minutes of the vote, European Council President and summit chair Donald Tusk tweeted that EU leaders will meet on April 10 to discuss Britain’s departure from the bloc.

The deal had twice been rejected by huge margins and, although May was able to win over many Conservative rebels, a hard core of eurosceptics and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which props up her minority government, refused to back it.

On Monday, lawmakers who have tried to grab control of the process will attempt to agree on an alternative Brexit plan that could command majority cross-party support in parliament, something largely unheard-of in Britain’s political system.

The defeat means Britain now has until April 12 to convince the 27 capitals of the EU that it has an alternative path out of the impasse, or see itself cast out of the bloc from that date with no deal on post-Brexit ties with its largest trading ally.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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