Lawmakers In Parliament's Lower House Of Commons Defied May's Plea To End The Political Deadlock That Has Plunged Britain Into Crisis

The Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defied May's plea to end the political deadlock that has plunged Britain into crisis and defeated her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286.

There is speculation that MPs might be asked to vote on the withdrawal agreement but not the further "political declaration". Labour said that would lead to the "blindest of blind Brexits".

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said both European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had stressed that the withdrawal agreement and political declaration - outlining how UK-EU trade, security and other issues could work - were part of the same "negotiated package".

He said to separate them "would mean leaving the EU with absolutely no idea where we are heading ... we wouldn't vote for that".

The PM's deal includes a withdrawal agreement - setting out how much money the UK must pay to the EU as a settlement, details of the transition period, and the backstop arrangements - and a political declaration on the way the future EU-UK relationship will work.

British MPs has however rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal for a third time, opening the way for a long delay to Brexit -- or a potentially catastrophic "no deal" withdrawal in two weeks.

It is yet another blow to a prime minister who has all but lost control of her government and the Brexit process -- particularly after she offered to quit if MPs backed the deal.