British prime minister Theresa May suffered the biggest defeat in the U.K.’s modern history on Tuesday evening, as scores of lawmakers from her own party rebelled against her agreement with the European Union, intended to smooth the U.K.’s exit from the bloc.
With Parliament voting down May’s deal by 432 votes to 202, Britain is now set on a default track to leave the E.U. without a dealon March 29 this year, unless an alternative plan can win the backing of parliament.
The next week in British politics is full of uncertainty. Perhaps in recognition of the need to compromise, May announced on Tuesday evening that she would open talks with “senior parliamentarians” in an attempt to thrash out an approach that could win the backing of parliament.
But first, the prime minister faced down a second vote of no-confidence in as many months on Wednesday evening, after the leader of the opposition Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn began a process that could have brought down her government and triggered a general election.