May’s Brexit deal defeated for the second time

Seventeen days ahead of the Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s withdrawal deal suffered its second defeat by 149 votes on Tuesday.

MPs, who voted down the deal by 391 to 242, have two more chances to vote. On Wednesday, they will decide whether to leave the European Union without a deal. On Thursday, they will decide whether Brexit talks should be extended.

Her voice cracking, May said the free vote on a no-deal Brexit is importance for the future of the country.

Earlier, she warned MPs that they will have no Brexit if they did not vote for her revised deal.

But after listening to her at the Commons, majority MPs were not convinced she was able to extract the promised concessions from EU during her last minute talks with president of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Strasbourg on Monday.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party voted against the deal along with Brexiteer Conservative backbenchers.

This time, the defeat was by a lesser margin of 149 votes compared with 230 votes during the first Brexit vote in January.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May should call a general election since the government has been defeated again by an enormous majority and the deal is dead.

In Brussels, a spokesman for EU Council President Donald Tusk said the European Union regrets the outcome of the vote and can do “no more” to help May secure parliamentary support for the deal.