Just as was predicted an overwhelming majority of British MPs rejected the Brexit deal negotiated with the European Union by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The parliamentarians by a vote of 432 to 202 rejected the deal, with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promptly tabling a no confidence vote in the government.
The defeat of the proposal was the most crushing ever suffered by any government in history.
May in a last-gasp bid had tried to salvage her plan for taking Britain out of the European project after nearly five decades,
May told MPs they had a “duty to deliver” on the results of a 2016 referendum that started the divorce.
“I believe we have a duty to deliver on the democratic decision of the British people,” May said, warning MPs that the EU would not offer any “alternative deal”.
“A vote against this deal is a vote for uncertainty, division, and the very real threat of a no deal,” she argued to loud jeers from the packed chamber.
“The responsibility of each and every one of us at this moment is profound, for this is a historic decision that will set the future of our country for generations”.
Her appeal fell on deaf ears.