Brexit deal summary – What will happen now that Theresa May has lost Withdrawal Agreement vote – and will she resign?

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THERESA May today was defeated by MPs as they voted to block Britain’s EU exit once again.

But what does this mean and will the PM resign? Here’s the latest.

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May today was defeated by MPs as they voted to block Britain’s EU exit once again[/caption]

What will happen now that May has lost Withdrawal Agreement vote?

MPs today voted to block Britain’s EU exit AGAIN as they defeated Theresa May’s deal for the third time – on the very day we were supposed to leave at last.

The Commons defeated the PM’s bid to leave the EU on May 22, by 58 votes – plunging the country into the worst chaos yet.

The Government is now likely to request a long delay to Brexit, lasting up to a year which casts huge doubt on whether we will ever even leave.

Mrs May’s loss also ramps up the chances of a snap election dragging Brits back to the polls for the third time in four years.

She hinted at this, saying “I fear we are reaching the limits of this process” after the numbers were called out.

On a day when Britain’s future hangs in the balance:

  • More than 30 Tory rebels joined the DUP and opposition parties to vote down the deal
  • Mrs May prepared a plan for a FOURTH “meaningful vote” next week
  • MPs warned that No Deal and a soft Brexit are now much more likely
  • The EU called an emergency summit as a top Eurocrat openly mocked Brexiteers
  • Pro-Brexit activists flooded Westminster in protest at MPs’ antics

Today’s result will spark huge anger directed at all sides from the majority of the British public who just want to see the country exit the EU.

The Government, hardline Remainers, Brexiteer rebels and the DUP will all be blamed for dooming the PM’s deal to defeat three times over.

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May’s loss also ramps up the chances of a snap election dragging Brits back to the polls for the third time in four years[/caption]

Will Theresa May resign?

Just two days before the UK was originally meant to leave the European Union, Mrs May finally pledged to step aside to win over colleagues who have previously opposed her deal.

Her voice cracked as she told the 1922 Committee of Conservative MPs: “I know there is a desire for a new approach, new leadership, in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations — and I won’t stand in the way of that.
“I know some people are worried that if you vote for the withdrawal agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush into phase two without the debate we need to have.

“I won’t — I hear what you’re saying. But we need to get the deal through and deliver Brexit.

“I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country.


“I ask everyone in this room to back the deal so we can complete our historic duty — to deliver on the decision of the British people and leave the European Union with a smooth and orderly exit.”

Mrs May did not name a specific date as to when she would theoretically step down, but it could be as soon as Britain leaves the EU.

As the Commons debate started this morning, Boris Johnson confirmed he would vote for the deal despite denouncing it over and over again.


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