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Theresa May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit vote defeat

Published:Tuesday | January 15, 2019 | 4:02 PM
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LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and leading to a no-confidence vote in her government.

Moments after the vote, May said it was only right to test whether the government still had lawmakers’ support to carry on.

Lawmakers will vote Wednesday in a no-confidence motion from opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn that could trigger a national election.

The House of Commons’ 432-202 vote against May’s plan was widely expected, but it was still devastating for her fragile leadership.

It came after more than two years of political upheaval — and was the biggest defeat for a government in the House of Commons in more than a century.

The vote means further turmoil for British politics only 10 weeks before the country is due to leave the EU on March 29.

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