Brexit vote: Theresa May dealt humiliating Brexit defeat as Britain teeters on the brink

Theresa May has lost the second 'meaningful vote' on her Brexit deal after failing to win over MPs with a series of last-minute changes agreed with the EU.

MPs voted against the deal by 391 votes to 242 in yet another humiliation for the Prime Minister over Brexit.

Last night Mrs May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a series of 'legally binding changes' to the Irish backstop, the mechanism to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland if the UK and EU fail to agree a satisfactory trade deal after Brexit.

But the alterations failed to convince hard Brexiteers or the DUP after Attorney General Sir Geoffrey Cox ruled there was still a risk the UK could be trapped in the backstop indefinitely.

The ERG, the caucus of around 80 hardline Eurosceptic Tory MPs, banded together to trash the Prime Minister's deal, which they argue would leave the UK subject to rules from Brussels without a seat at the table.

The DUP, who entered into an agreement to support the Government after Theresa May lost her majority in the 2017 General Election, voted down the deal on the grounds it risked splitting Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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