UK PM Theresa May has lost MPs’ Brexit Vote on her deal by 432 votes to 202. This is the biggest government defeat since 1924. 118 rebel MPs from her own Conservative party voted against her. The rebellion by Conservative rebels is the biggest ever revolt by Tories with previously being 95 against John Major on gun laws.
Prime Minister May said that the scale of the defeat meant that a no confidence vote was imminent. Speaking in the parliament immediately after the voting, Theresa May said that she needed to ‘confirm if this government has the confidence of the House’ adding that if Jeremy Corbyn calls a confidence vote tomorrow, she will make time for that.
Leader of Opposition and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reminded everyone how this defeat was the biggest since 1920s. He said that May had only her party as her priority in the last month.
Corbyn announced that he had tabled a no confidence motion against May since she had lost confidence in the parliament.
The no confidence vote will take place at 7pm on Wednesday.
Ed Conway, Economic Editor of Sky News tweeted, “At 230, this is the biggest defeat of a government in modern history. Bigger even than Ramsay MacDonald in 1924. MacDonald resigned soon afterwards. So why isn’t Theresa May? She’d say there’s a difference: she is trying to implement the referendum result through a divided house.”
At 230, this is the biggest defeat of a government in modern history. Bigger even than Ramsay MacDonald in 1924. MacDonald resigned soon afterwards. So why isn’t Theresa May? She’d say there’s a difference: she is trying to implement the referendum result through a divided house.
— Ed Conway (@EdConwaySky) January 15, 2019
A spokesperson for EU Council president Donald Tusk said, “We regret the outcome of the vote, and urge the UK government to clarify its intentions with respect to its next steps as soon as possible. The EU27 will remain united and responsible as we have been throughout the entire process and will seek to reduce the damage caused by Brexit.
Tusk added, “We will continue our preparations for all outcomes, including a no-deal scenario. The risk of a disorderly exit has increased with this vote and, while we do not want this to happen, we will be prepared for it.
“We will continue the EU´s process of ratification of the agreement reached with the UK Government. This agreement is and remains the best and only way to ensure an orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.”