UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been at the center of debate with regard to a deal she proposed for the country to leave the European Union, has faced a major defeat in Parliament as MPs voted against her proposals. Brexit is reportedly set to still take place by March 29th – amid speculation that the deadline can be extended – but in the meantime, it appears that the PM will have to return to the drawing board in an attempt to appease both sides.
According to BBC News, MPs voted by 432 to 202 against accepting May’s controversial deal, which would effectively allow the UK to retain certain connections to the EU with regard to a Northern Irish backstop. The majority of 230 is a record-breaker, with the total of votes being the heaviest defeat ever experienced by a sitting UK government. For May, it is the latest in a line of humiliations and defeats amid growing cross-party concern. It also, according to latest developments at time of going to press, has proven to be the tipping point for the main opposition party.
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Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposing Labour Party and Shadow Cabinet, tabled a vote of no confidence against May’s government, which – should it be upheld – would mean another General Election for the UK. May herself has already survived a vote of no confidence in her ability to lead, with such a motion tabled by members of her own party. A General Election, however, is thought to go against the general wishes of the Conservative Party and the supporting DUP, as such an event could tip the balance in Labour’s favor. Corbyn and his cabinet have, in recent times, more than once suggested that they will be confident in drawing up an alternative deal for Brexit.
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But where does this leave Brexit altogether? May will, thanks to a recent amendment made in Parliament, now have three days to draft a new deal or alternative – and will be opening matters up for debate. Some, including those in government, have suggested that a second referendum on Brexit or a complete no-go is now more likely than ever. The chance of the government taking strides to accept ‘no deal’ was lessened by a further vote to curb outright powers in such circumstances. This is a big moment for May and her government – but will it be her final downfall?