Crushed Theresa May dares MPs to vote for General Election today after record Brexit defeat, by Hugo Gye.
The PM asked Labour to call a confidence vote in the House of Commons after 432 MPs voted to kill off the withdrawal agreement with only 202 backing her.
The crushing defeat — which saw 118 Tories turn against the PM — is the worst since the advent of full democracy and suggests Mrs May will never win enough support for her strategy.
As the PM faces the darkest moment of her career: …
- MPs will today vote on whether to boot the PM out of office, which could spark another election just weeks before Brexit
- The DUP and hardline Brexiteers said they would vote to keep her in power
- Boris Johnson told Mrs May she must go back to Brussels and re-open the deal
- EU leaders said the withdrawal agreement is the best on offer — but have NOT ruled out re-opening talks
This afternoon Parliament will vote on whether or not to unseat the Government — which would trigger a General Election set to take place just weeks before Brexit.
Mrs May is likely to win today’s confidence vote after the 10 DUP MPs who prop up her wafer-thin majority confirmed they will continue to back her despite opposing her Brexit strategy.
Boris Johnson also backed the PM — but only to keep Labour out of power.
Speaking in the minutes after her historic defeat, the PM said she was happy to fight against an attempt to unseat her — in a bid to wrest the initiative back from Jeremy Corbyn. …
Mrs May is under pressure from both sides with Remainers pushing for a second referendum while Brexiteers want her to go for No Deal as soon as possible.
Meanwhile EU boss Donald Tusk publicly called for a second referendum in an extraordinary intervention.