British parliament has once again rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s latest Brexit deal, sending the country into a deeper political crisis.
Just 17 days out from the planned departure date, MPs voted against May’s amended Brexit deal by 391 to 242.
It comes a day after May was involved in length last-minute talks with EU chiefs, which worked to secure the Irish backstop, an insurance policy aimed at avoiding controls on the sensitive border between the British province of Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.
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Today’s vote leaves the Brexit plan in limbo.
MPs will return to parliament tomorrow to decide whether to leave without a deal, a scenario business leaders have warned could be catastrophic for the market.
It would be a free vote for government members,, something May said she had “personally struggled with” but the decisions were “an issue of grave importance for the country”.
She said if the parliament voted to leave without a deal it would “become government policy”. If they don’t, a third vote would be held on Thursday about whether to ask the EU to delay Brexit.