Brexit: What happens now Theresa May's deal has been voted down?
After the deal was voted down for a second time in the House of Commons, The Independent's John Rentoul looks at where Britain might end up now
Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been voted down in the House of Commons for a second time.
Though it was a smaller majority – 149 votes instead of the 230-vote defeat she suffered in January – it was still a firm rejection from MPs, and leads us to ask: What happens now?
Parliament will now vote on whether the UK should leave the European Union without a deal.
The motion states the Commons “declines to approve leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement” on 29 March, but with the caveat that “leaving without a deal remains the default”.
If that is voted down then there will then be a vote on Thursday, posing the question of whether to ask for an extension to Article 50.
Could we be heading for a no-deal Brexit? Could there be a second referendum? The Independent’s chief political commentator John Rentoul looks at the options.