British MPs trounce May’s Brexit deal for second time

Mar 13, 2019, 1:35 AM EDT
Lawmakers voted down British PM Theresa May's deal by  391 to 242.
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British lawmakers torpedoed PM Theresa May’s Brexit deal for the second time on Wednesday, plunging the U.K. deeper into a crisis and steering it on course to either delay its divorce from the EU or crash out of the bloc without a deal.

May’s desperate appeal for the MPs to “come together” fell on deaf ears as her tweaked deal, with “legally binding changes” extracted from Brussels in the last minutes, met with a crushing defeat by 391 to 242, writes Reuters.

The margin of the loss dropped from 230 in January to 149 this time around, as 39 Conservative rebels, who had earlier voted against May’s deal, switched sides on the Tuesday vote, notes The Guardian.

The lawmakers are now set to vote to decide if the U.K. should exit the EU without a deal — a proposition that critics have warned could be catastrophic for Britain’s businesses and might even dry up the supplies of food and medicines.

Responding to Britain’s option of extending article 50, European Council President Donald Tusk said that the EU27 will consider any request for delay if there is a credible reason.