Britain's Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal

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By: Associated Press
March 12, 2019

Britain's Parliament has dealt a major blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, resoundingly rejecting her Brexit deal just 17 days before the U.K. is due to leave the bloc. Lawmakers voted by 391 to 242 against the deal, the second time they have defeated it.

May said Tuesday she "profoundly regrets" the House of Commons' rejection of her deal and that delaying Britain's departure won't solve the underlying problem.

Parliament will now get to decide between leaving the European Union with no deal and delaying Brexit. May said Parliament will be given a chance to "decline" leaving the EU without a deal on March 29 in a Wednesday vote. If that is the choice, Parliament will decide Thursday whether to seek an extension that would delay Britain's departure date.

May cautions that the EU will need a reason to approve a delay.

In January, the House of Commons threw out the agreement by an overwhelming majority, sending May back to the European Union to seek changes.