UK lawmakers overwhelmingly vote down May's Brexit deal
The British Parliament voted Tuesday to reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, negotiated between London and Brussels last autumn to set the terms of the country’s departure from the European Union, which is presently scheduled for March 29 of this year. The final vote was 202 for and 432 against, Trend reported citing Sputnik.
"It is clear that the house does not support this deal, but tonight's vote tells us nothing about what it does support," May said in the Commons immediately following the vote. She further noted that a confidence motion would be voted on the following day.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn called the vote "a catastrophic defeat for this government."
"No deal must be taken off the table, a permanent customs union must be secured, and people's rights and protections must be guaranteed," Corbyn said. "Her governing principle of delay and denial has reached the end of the line. she cannot seriously believe that after two years of failure, she is capable of negotiating a good deal for this country."
Corbyn subsequently called May's government "incompetent" as he called for a vote of no confidence in that government.
Scottish National Party (SNP) leader in Parliament, Ian Blackford, called for the immediate suspension of Article 50, which sets the March 29 deadline.