Brexit: MPs vote down Theresa May's deal

Four Brexiteers have pledged to vote for Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement

May says rejecting the agreement would lead either to a reversal of Brexit - overturning voters' decision in a 2016 referendum - or to Britain leaving the bloc without a deal.

Labour's Jo Stevens said that the Tories are "using the no deal threat to scare MPs into backing the prime minister's bad deal", and underlined that Theresa May is "trying to hold the people of this country to ransom in order to stay in power".

The MP for Esher and Walton told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think the scale of the defeat will affect what the Prime Minister chooses to do next".

In Britain's deepest political crisis for at least half a century, May and European Union leaders swapped assurances on the withdrawal deal on Monday, but there was little sign of a change of heart among rebel lawmakers.

"May will now be able to demonstrate to the Brussels negotiators that changes are required if any deal is to command the support of Parliament". She has also spoken to Germany's Angela Merkel twice in recent weeks.

He added: 'We will seek a general election.

The opposition Labour Party, backed by other smaller opposition parties, has put forward a motion which states "that this House has no confidence in Her Majesty's government".

If a new government can not be formed within 14 days, an election is triggered.

Left-wing opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party called for a vote of "no confidence" against May.

Earlier in the Commons, she said: "It is not ideal but when the history books are written, people will look at the decision of this House and ask, 'Did we deliver on the country's vote to leave the EU, did we safeguard our economy, security or union or did we let the British people down?'"

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The CBI chief said he was encouraged by government moves to build a cross-party consensus for a new approach to Brexit.

"Brexit is already causing us damage, in output, costs and jobs, but this does not compare with the catastrophic consequences of being cut adrift from our biggest trading partner overnight", he said.

"The PM and the government will listen to colleagues as we right seek to secure a majority to deliver the democratic will of the British public in the further votes expected next week".

"It is clear that the House does not support this deal, but tonight's vote tells us nothing about what it does support", May told Parliament moments after the result was announced. The vote is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at some point between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. London time.

European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stressed in a letter that they will try to find technical solutions to the Irish border issue that would make the backstop redundant. The question we face is whether there can be a durable relationship between Brexit Britain and the European Union, which allows both to cooperate on the basis of shared interests and values.

A total of 118 Conservative rebels voted against the PM, almost the same number in the leadership confidence vote she faced last month.

The Prime Minister's deal was rejected by 432 votes to 202, with 118 Conservative MPs rebels including the Scottish Tories John Lamont, Douglas Ross and Ross Thomson.

"Liberal Democrats have campaigned since the referendum to give people the final say on Brexit".

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