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Parliament acted in best interests of UK - EU has hard questions to answer, says DUP after May's crushing Brexit defeat

Prime Minister Theresa May's deal rejected by majority of 230

Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Theresa May's Brexit deal has been rejected by Parliament by a majority of 230.

Immediately after the result Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a motion of no confidence in the government. Theresa may said if the government got support they would work with MPs across the Commons on finding a deal.

The DUP's Sammy Wilson has said the party will support the government saying they want a change in policy, not administrations.

He said the EU had "hard questions to answer," predicting the EU will quickly see the reality and will reconsider options.

In a statement DUP leader Arlene Foster added: "Parliament has acted in the best interests of the entire United Kingdom... the House of Commons has sent an unmistakable message to the Prime Minister and the European Union.

"We will work with the Government constructively to achieve a better deal.  That is our focus.  Whilst some may wish to use this defeat to boost their political ambitions, we will give the Government the space to set out a plan to secure a better deal.

"Reassurances whether in the form of letters or warm words, will not be enough.  The Prime Minister must now go back to the European Union and seek fundamental change to the Withdrawal Agreement.

"We want an orderly exit from the European Union with a sensible deal which works for Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.”

Two hundred and two MPs voted in favour of the deal with 432 against. Of those voting against the government 118 were Conservative. All 10 DUP MPs also voted against. Lady Sylvia Hermon voted in favour.

The PM said: “The House has spoken and the Government will listen.”

Here's how events unfolded:

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