Just in: Brexit deal crushed in historic defeat as Theresa May faces no-confidence vote

Just in: Brexit deal crushed in historic defeat as Theresa May faces no-confidence vote

- The Brexit deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May has been overwhelmingly voted down

- The MP’s voted 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal

- Subsequently, the prime minister is facing a no-confidence vote expected to be held on Wednesday, January 16

British Members of Parliament (MPs) have overwhelmingly voted to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

The Brexit deal, according to BBC, was rejected by 230 votes the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.

The deal which sets out the terms of Britain's exit from the European Union (EU) on March 29, was rejected by the MPs with a margin of 432 votes to 202.

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Subsequently, a vote of no confidence in the government, which could lead to a general election, was tabled by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The vote of confidence is expected to be held on Wednesday, January 16.

However, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP)'s Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, said his party would be supporting the prime minister in Wednesday's confidence vote.

He said: “We want to see the Conservative government continuing to deliver on Brexit.

“We never wanted a change of government, we wanted a change of policy back to what the prime minister promised in the manifesto she stood on, and the promises she made in subsequent speeches.”

BBC explains that if MPs vote to back a no-confidence motion, the British government, or anyone else who can command a majority, would get 14 days to win a further confidence vote. Failure to win back the confidence vote will lead to a general election.

Not fewer than 118 Conservative MPs voted with the opposition parties to reject the prime minister’s deal.

Despite the crushing defeat which was expected to be followed by a prime ministerial resignation, Ms May has reportedly signalled her intention to carry on in a statement immediately after the vote.

She said: “The House has spoken and this government will listen.”

She offered cross-party talks to determine a way forward on Brexit, if she succeeded in winning a confidence vote.

The prime minister said she planned to return to the House of Commons, UK’s lower house of the parliament, on Monday, January 21, with an alternative plan, if she survives the confidence vote.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the UK government had announced a new £70-million programme to create 100,000 jobs in Nigeria.

The UK's minister of state for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said this during a business event as part of the activities for Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to Nigeria on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

Baldwin, who led a business delegation to the event, said that the programme would raise the income of three million people from the poorest parts of Nigeria.

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