British PM defeated by record margin in Brexit vote

The Prime Minister is now left with 24 hours to save her government. If she loses the vote of no-confidence, it means UK is more likely facing a general election.

After 200 speeches spanning eight days of debate, British lawmakers have rejected Theresa May's Brexit deal. The biggest defeat is seen as the biggest for any UK government as the House of Commons members rejected by 432 votes to 202. The margin of defeat even greater than that of 1924, will result in UK moving towards deeper political crisis.
 
The Prime Minister is now left with 24 hours to save her government. If she loses the vote of no-confidence, it means UK is more likely facing a general election.
 
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn termed the defeat "catastrophic". However, May urged lawmakers to listen to the British citizens who voted to leave the EU. "I ask members on all sides of the house to listen to the British people, who want this issue settled, and to work with the government to do just that," she was quoted as saying.
 
As per a CNN report, May said if she survives she would follow a two-stage process to break the Brexit impasse. First, she would try for cross-party talks with lawmakers to bring consensus on the way forward. If this happens, she would take a revised plan to the European Union.
 
Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk has asked the UK to "clarify its intentions" on its plan "as soon as possible."
 
As the deadline to leave the EU is March 29 – whether a deal is in place or not – European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker also warned of the ticking clock. "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," Juncker wrote.
 
Source: CNN

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