British lawmakers tonight roundly rejected for a second time prime minister Theresa May's proposed deal for the UK to leave the EU on 29 March.
Despite repeated warnings from May and her European counterparts that Brexit might never happen if this modified deal was rejected, MPs in the House of Commons voted by 391 to 242 against the revised agreement, a majority of 149. May's last-ditch attempt to win concessions from Brussels and secure her deal resulted in a dash to Strasbourg late last night for talks with EU president, Jean-Claude Juncker.
But her deal's fate appeared sealed earlier this afternoon, when the government's attorney-general, Geoffrey Cox, said: "The legal risk remains unchanged. However, the matter of law affecting withdrawal can only inform what is essentially a political decision that each of us must make."
With the clock now ticking ever louder to 29 March, the UK and Europe are still none the clearer on what will happen next, and the Brexit process is left in disarray.
Many observers expect the UK to seek an extension to Article 50. MPs will vote again tomorrow, Wednesday, on a motion on whether to allow the UK to leave the EU without a deal.