Prime minister Theresa May has said she “profoundly regrets” the house of commons voting against her proposed withdrawal agreement.
Speaking after the political blow she confirmed that the House will now vote on whether it approves of leaving the EU without a deal. If this is then approved, the government will adopt the policy, however if it is declined then the government will move to table a motion to seek extension to article 50 almost immediately.
Should the motion be passed, the government will seek to outline this article 50 extension with the EU.
It is yet another huge blow for Theresa May who has been attempting to force through a deal which has no mechanism for exit to the backstop on a unilateral basis nor a time limit for any such events.
The Attorney General has stated: “The legal risk remains unchanged that if through no such demonstrable failure of either party, but simply because of intractable differences, that situation does arise, the United Kingdom would have, at least while the fundamental circumstances remained the same, no internationally lawful means of exiting the Protocol’s arrangements, save by agreement.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Theresa May must now accept that her deal is “dead” whilst at the same time invoking his repetitive calls for a general election in the process.
Speaking for the SNP, Ian Blackford said that the defeat was “humiliating” and insisted that the deal must not come before the house again “in any way shape or form’
The fierce defeat saw MPs reject the deal by 391 to 242.
75 Conservative MPs voted against the deal as did the 10 DUP MPs.