back the motion. Richard Harrington, who resigned as a junior business minister, accused the government of “playing roulette with the lives and liveli
hoods of the vast majority of people in this country” by failing to resolve Britain’s Brexit impasse.
The government said it was disappointed by the vote, claiming it “upends the balance
between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent for the future.”
But it also conceded that the new votes might be a way to break the months-long Brexit gridlock. May said she would “engage
constructively” with the results of the process, though sahe said she was skeptical that it would produce a decisive result.
The move raises the chances that Britain will tack toward a softer Brexit, and is likely to be welcomed by th
e EU. Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator, tweet that it was an “opportunity to build a cross-party coope
ration leading to an enhanced political declaration & a closer future relationship!”Earlier in the day, May ack
nowledged, “with great regret,” that her deal still lacked “sufficient support” to be approved as of Monday.