Less than 24 hours after the British Prime Minister Theresa May has experienced an actual parliamentary loss and her Brexit deal was rejected, May is facing a no-confidence vote later on Wednesday.
In theory, yesterday's parliamentary vote in the House of Commons was expected to provide some clarity on Brexit. Instead, the Prime Minister's deal was defeated by 432 votes to 202. What happens next?
On Tuesday evening, shortly after the vote, Theresa May confirmed she was not going to resign voluntarily, despite the historical loss. Reportedly, May will return to the House of Commons next week to present an amended Brexit plan and to check the waters in the Parliament. The clock is ticking as the country is supposed to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019, affecting 66 million citizens of the United Kingdom. The EU officials already confirmed they would not re-negotiate the exit agreement with the UK. If Theresa May does not survive the vote today, the general elections will most likely take place.
Discussing the no deal option, Theresa May told the MPs that there were two ways for that - to agree on a deal or to revoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and to cancel Brexit. The second option highlighted May would mean disregarding the results of the referendum, something her government would not do.
The first reactions on the vote logically came from the heart of the European Union. In a tweet, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has urged the UK to clarify its intentions as soon as possible as the Brexit deadline is looming. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, went into a slightly different direction, encouraging the UK government to reconsider its position on leaving the Union.
At the same time, the European Commission has shown no incentives to reopen the withdrawal agreement for further negotiations.
The former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, who resigned the day after the state voted to leave the EU, confirmed he had no regrets of calling the referendum in 2016. Many British MPs and voters also share Donald Tusk's opinion. In their view, the solution is holding a second referendum to save the country from hard Brexit. The UK's Labour Party is taking the momentum now to push for general elections before calling a second referendum. According to internal sources, nearly 100 Labour MPs will explicitly urge for a second referendum during the parliamentary session today.
One thing is sure - while the USA is in its fourth week of a government shutdown, the neighbors across the pond face a severe political crisis. Shall will think positively?