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Brexit: Theresa May faces confidence vote after huge defeat

LONDON: Theresa May’s government faces a vote of no confidence later after MPs rejected the PM’s Brexit deal.

Labour launched the bid to trigger a general election after the deal setting out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU was rejected by 230 votes.

However, one senior party figure has suggested it is unlikely to succeed, with Northern Ireland’s DUP and Tory rebels saying they will back the PM.

The confidence vote is expected to be held at about 19:00 GMT.

Mrs May told MPs she will return to the Commons with an alternative plan next week, provided she survives the confidence vote.

At Wednesday’s PMQs the prime minister said again that she would listen to “the views of the House” in order to “identify what could command the support of this House”.

“There are actually two ways of avoiding no deal,” Mrs May told MPs.

“The first is to agree a deal. The second to revoke Article 50 – that would mean staying in the European Union, failing to respect the result of the referendum, and that is something that this government would not do.”

But Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister was “in denial” over Tuesday night’s vote and she “needs to come up with something different”.

And SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the rejection of Mrs May’s deal had been the “last straw” and the “only way forward” was to extend Article 50 and legislate for a “people’s vote” – which the prime minister has said will not happen.