Theresa Mary May, the prime minister of the UK and leader of the conservative party, faced a huge defeat over her Brexit’s divorce deal as British lawmakers voted 432 to 202 against her deal on Tuesday.
Following her huge defeat, it has triggered the political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.
After parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the worst defeat in modern British history, opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn promptly called a vote of no confidence in May’s government, to be held at 1900 GMT on Wednesday.
For the UK to leave the EU it had to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which gives the two sides two years to agree the terms of the split. Theresa May triggered this process on 29 March, 2017, meaning the UK is scheduled to leave at 11pm UK time on Friday, 29 March 2019.
While the deadline coming around the corner, the United Kingdom is now ensnared in the deepest political crisis in half a century as it grapples with how, or even whether, to exit the European project that it joined in 1973.