MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 58 votes



Heather Stewart | The Guardian

PM says implications of third Commons defeat for her agreement with EU are ‘grave’

Theresa May hopes to bring her Brexit deal back to parliament again next week after it was rejected for a third time by MPs – and appears poised to trigger a general election if parliament fails to agree a way forward.

Despite the embattled prime minister’s dramatic promise on Wednesday that she would hand over the keys to 10 Downing Street if her Tory colleagues backed the withdrawal agreement, parliament voted against it on Friday, by 344 to 286.

The Commons vote was held on the day when Britain was meant to be leaving the European Union, and with Parliament Square outside overflowing with raucous pro-Brexit protesters.

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