The scale of defeat, by a majority of 230, was greater than any seen in the past century. At the time, protesters from both sides of the Brexit divide massed outside in Parliament Square. “The house has spoken and the government will listen,” she said. “It is clear that the house does not support this deal, but tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support,” MP Theresa May said. Jeremy Corbyn, confirmed he had tabled a formal motion of confidence in the government, backed by other opposition leaders, which MPs would vote on on Wednesday.
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May said that if she will survive the vote on Wednesday, she would hold meetings with senior parliamentarians from all parties to “identify what would be required to secure the backing of the house”. She said any plan that emerged from the talks would have to be “negotiable” with the EU27. May had no plans to head to Brussels immediately, the prime minister’s spokesman later said. Donald Tusk, the European council president, appeared to back a second referendum soon after the crushing result for the prime minister was announced. He suggested that the UK should stay in the EU. There has been plenty of comment on Tuesday’s vote from across Europe.