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British PM May faces another defeat over Brexit strategy

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered another defeat in parliament over her Brexit strategy.

The lower house of the parliament, House of Commons,  rejected motion intended to express MPs’ support for May. The PM is seeking to renegotiate her Brexit deal with the European Union.

Hardline eurosceptics in her Conservative party abstained from voting on the government’s non-binding motion, which they believed raised the chances of avoiding a no-deal Brexit.

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said the defeat “shows there is no majority for the PM’s course of action in dealing with Brexit.”

“She cannot keep on just running down the clock and hoping that something will turn up that will save her day and save her face,” he said of May, who was not in parliament for the defeat.

Leading Brexiteer Liam Fox earlier warned colleagues that defeat would raise doubts about whether a renegotiated deal could get through parliament, making the EU less likely to make an offer.

“Our European partners will be watching our debate and listening today to see if they get the impression that if they were to make those concessions parliament would definitely deliver,” trade minister Fox told BBC Radio 4.