- Theresa May has lost again in her bid to get her “Withdrawal Deal” approved by U.K. lawmakers.
- She had offered her future resignation in an apparent exchange for support of the deal.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has lost another crucial Brexit vote in the U.K. Parliament as lawmakers again refused to back her deal to leave the European Union. Conceding the defeat the Prime Minister told the House of Commons
The PM’S draft proposal to leave the bloc, which has been signed off by EU officials in Brussels, had already been rejected twice by U.K. Members of Parliament. This time her deal was beaten by 344 votes to 286, a margin of 58 votes.
Friday’s vote was considered slightly different as it only covered the “withdrawal deal” — a near 600-page treaty that agreed citizen’s rights after Brexit, a £39 billion ($51 billion) divorce deal and how to treat the Irish land border.
The British government now has to propose a new way forward to the EU by April 12 — or revoke the Article 50 it triggered to leave the bloc. Otherwise, the UK will have left the EU without a deal.
The European Council (EC) reacted to Friday’s vote by announcing a special meeting for April 10 to discuss Brexit, and a possible extension which would involve the UK taking part in the European elections in May.
“In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have decided to call a European Council on 10 April,” EC President Donald Tusk wrote.