An overwhelming majority of British MPs rejected the Brexit deal negotiated with the European Union by Prime Minister Theresa May.
The parliamentarians by a vote of 432 to 202 rejected the deal, with the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promptly tabling a no-confidence vote in the government.
The defeat of the proposal was the most crushing ever suffered by any government in history.
“The house has spoken and the government will listen,” May said, immediately after the vote.
“It is clear that the house does not support this deal but tonight’s vote tells us nothing about what it does support.
“Nothing about how, or even if, it intends to honour the decision” taken by the British people to leave the European Union, she said.
“Listen to the British people, who want this issue settled,” said May.