Theresa May was defied by 75 Conservative MPs tonight as her party humiliated her again by delivering a hammer blow to her Brexit deal.
The Prime Minister won over just 40 of the 118 Conservatives who rejected the deal at the first attempt in January.
At the same time she won just three Labour MPs – John Mann, Caroline Flint and Kevin Barron – despite a huge offensive promising better workers’ rights and money for struggling towns.
Analysis of tonight’s reveals almost all of the leading Brexiteers followed Jacob Rees-Mogg’s warning to stay ‘steady’ and wait for a better deal.
The rebels included leading figures such as Boris Johnson, Iain Duncan Smith and Steve Baker.
Among those Mrs May did win back were ex-Brexit Secretary David Davis and prominent Eurosceptic Nadine Dorries. They admitted backing the deal was less bad than the possible loss of Brexit.
Around seven pro-EU Tories – including ex-ministers Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve and Jo Johnson – also turned out against the deal.
In the aftermath of the devastating defeat the Prime Minister – who can barely speak after losing her voice – said that the choices facing the UK were ‘unenviable’, but because of the rejection of her deal, ‘they are choices that must be faced’.