Lawmakers reject Brexit deal in crushing defeat for PM May Jan 16, 2019 0 373 12345 REUTERSLONDONBritish lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit divorce deal by a crushing margin on Tuesday, triggering political upheaval that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU or even to a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave.Parliament voted 432-202 against her deal, the worst parliamentary defeat for a government in recent British history. Scores of her own MPs - both Brexiteers and supporters of EU membership - joined forces to vote down the deal.With the clock ticking down to March 29, the date set in law for Brexit, the United Kingdom is now ensnared in the deepest political crisis in half a century as it grapples with how, or even whether, to exit the European project that it joined in 1973.May’s crushing loss, the first British parliamentary defeat of a treaty since 1864, marks the collapse of her two-year strategy of forging an amicable divorce with close ties to the EU after the March 29 exit.“The Brexit deal is basically dead,” said Anand Menon, professor of European politics and foreign affairs at King’s College London.“The EU and British lawmakers will consider the deal dead, so the UK will have no Brexit policy and no viable alternative to the Brexit policy,” Menon said.After repeatedly refusing to resign or to countenance another referendum, May will make a statement shortly. Her options include setting course for a no-deal exit, brinkmanship to try to secure concessions from the EU, a delay to Brexit, resignation, an election or a referendum.Ever since Britain voted by 52-48 percent to leave the EU in a referendum in June 2016, the political class has been debating how to leave the European project forged by France and Germany after the devastation of World War Two.While the country is divided over EU membership, most agree that the world’s fifth largest economy is at a crossroads and that its choices over Brexit will shape the prosperity of future generations.Before the vote, May had warned pro-Brexit MPs that if her plan was rejected, it was more likely that Britain would not leave the EU at all than that it would leave without a deal. She has also warned fellow Conservatives not to let the opposition Labour Party seize control of Brexit. RELATED ARTICLES Mueller probe no ‘witch hunt’, says Trump’s A-G pick Jan 16, 2019 0 4871 Six-fold increase in Antarctica ice loss since 1979: Study Jan 16, 2019 0 798 Canada-China tensions flare over drug death sentence Jan 16, 2019 0 732 Hondurans’ new US-bound caravan draws fire from Trump AFP San Pedro Sula Hundreds of Hondurans have set out on a trek to the United States, forming another caravan that US President Donald Trump cited on Tuesday to justify building a wall on the border with Mexico. “A big new .. US extends troop deployment at Mexico border Washington: The Pentagon said Monday it would extend until September 30 the deployment of active-duty soldiers and Coast Guard members at the US-Mexico border, while expanding the mission to include surveillance and .. Brazil’s president eases gun laws with decree Bogota: Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree relaxing the country’s strict gun controls in an attempt to stem mounting crime. “The people have decided to buy arms and munitions and we cannot deny .. 11th victim in Austria as snow breaks records Vienna: A Czech ski instructor was killed by an avalanche in Austria on Tuesday, the 11th avalanche fatality the Alpine country has seen this winter amid historic snowfall. The 24-year-old man was skiing off-piste with .. Macron kickstarts ‘great debate’ to win back French French President Emmanuel Macron attempted on Tuesday to rebound from two months of often violent anti-government protests by launching a nationwide debate over the grievances fuelling the ‘yellow vest’ movement. .. Turkish coastguard saves 46 migrants, recovers one body DPA Istanbul The Turkish coastguard says it has rescued 46 migrants from the Aegean Sea off the coast of Turkey and recovered one body. They were picked up off the western Turkish district of Kusadasi, the coastguard said .. N-arms treaty faces collapse after failed US-Russia talks AFP Geneva The survival of a key nuclear arms control treaty was cast further in doubt on Tuesday after the United States and Russia blamed each other for pushing the agreement to the brink of collapse. Senior diplomats ..