Serhat TUNAR –TDO- The British prime minister's Brexit deal was rejected by lawmakers Tuesday, a widely anticipated result that sends the country's chaotic preparations to leave the European Union back to the drawing board.
In one of the most eagerly anticipated votes in recent U.K. history, lawmakers rejected Theresa May's deal by 432 votes to 202, with dozens of members of her own ruling Conservative Party rebelling.
The consequences are complex and uncharted, but the prime minister must now present a plan B to the House of Commons.
The wider picture is that more than 30 months after Britain voted in a referendum to leave the E.U. — by a vote of 17.4 million to 16.1 million — the politicians have still not agreed how this should work.
Tuesday's vote was originally meant to happen in December but May postponed it in the face of almost certain defeat.