Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected by Parliament in a humiliating defeat, her plan for leaving the European Union (EU) all but dead. She now faces a confidence vote in her government.

The House of Commons voted 432 versus 202 against the divorce that the U.K. government brokered with the European Union. A margin of less than 60 votes would have given grounds to hope that the deal was salvageable, with the EU poised to engage in ways to make it more palatable.

Now, more than two years after the U.K. voted to leave the 28-nation EU bloc, the U.K. is facing political paralysis over a decision that has divided the nation and its political class for decades. The largest parliamentary defeat in over a century prompted the main opposition Labour Party to pounce with a confidence motion to try to force a general election.

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