British MPs have rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce plan, voting down the deal in the largest defeat in history for a sitting government.
MPs voted to reject the proposal 432 votes to 202, resulting in the worst defeat for a government Britain’s recent history.
The result is a huge blow for Mrs May after preparing a deal with the European Union (EU) over two years to leave the EU on 29 March and set up transition period over 21 months to negotiate a free trade deal.
It has instead led to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to call for a no confidence vote in the government.
It is expected the vote to be held on Wednesday local time.
The vote could trigger a general election.
Mr Corbyn called the defeat “catastrophic.”
“After two years of failed negotiations the House of Commons has delivered its verdict on her Brexit deal and that verdict is absolutely decisive,” he said.
The opposition leader the no confidence motion was a chance for Parliament to “give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this Government.”
Mrs May had remained committed to continuing Britain’s exit from the EU.
She urged Parliament to “listen to the British people, who want this issue settled, and to work with the Government to do just that.”
However, Mrs acknowledged that that were was no support for the deal.
“It is clear that the House does not support this deal,” Mrs May told Parliament after the result was revealed.
“But tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support. Nothing about how – or even if – it intends to honour the decision the British people took in a referendum Parliament decided to hold.”
Mrs May’s opponents said the deal could not be resurrected.
“The deal is dead,” Boris Johnson said.
“(It is a) bigger defeat than people have been expecting.”
Mr Johnson, who was the leading Brexiteer, urged Mrs May to go back to Brussels to negotiate a better deal.
He said he would back Mrs May in the confidence vote.
Mrs May said she planned to return to the House of Commons next Monday with an alternative plan, if she survived the confidence vote.
Meanwhile, the small Northern Irish DUP party that props up Mrs May’s minority government and refused to back the deal said it would still support the Prime Minister in the no-confidence vote.
Pro-Brexit Conservatives also said they would support her despite opposing her deal.
The EU said the Brexit deal remained the best way to ensure an orderly withdrawal.
However, chairman of EU leaders Donald Tusk said Britain should consider reversing Brexit.
“If a deal is impossible, and no one wants no deal, then who will finally have the courage to say what the only positive solution is,” Mr Tusk said in a tweet.