432 MPs vote against May’s Brexit deal in “catastrophic defeat”

More than 400 MPs rejected Theresa May’s deal with the European Union in tonight’s meaningful vote.

It is an unprecedented defeat in British political history.

The last time a government was defeated by more than 100 votes on the floor of the House of Commons was almost a century ago when the minority Labour government of Ramsay MacDonald went down to a defeat of 166.

Just 202 MPs voted in favour of May’s deal in what Jeremy Corbyn described a “catastrophic defeat”.

Some 432 MPs voted against it.

Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence in the government as soon as the results were announced.

This will be discussed in parliament tomorrow.

Speaking to the BBC Boris Johnson said that although the result means this “deal is dead” it does give the Prime Minister a “massive mandate to go back to the EU and renegotiate”.

May has signalled her intention to remain in power to negotiate a better deal with the EU, but Brussels this evening ruled out re-opening the agreement.


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