[Ed. – This is ridiculous, but probably how May and others actually want it. The formal effect of the vote is that the UK can’t proceed to a no-deal Brexit without an explicit vote in Parliament – if the government wants to retain normal functions. If May even presented such a question, it would probably lose, and likely bring her government down. It’s a tough fight, and it’s no longer clear, frankly, which side May is on.]
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government suffered a defeat in parliament on Tuesday when lawmakers who oppose leaving the European Union without an accord won a vote that created a new obstacle to a no-deal Brexit.
The 303 to 296 defeat means that the government needs explicit parliamentary approval to leave the EU without a deal before it can use certain powers relating to taxation law.
The defeat highlights May’s weak position as leader of a minority government, a divided party, and a critical parliament just days before she is due to hold a pivotal vote on whether to approve the Brexit deal she has negotiated with the EU.