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North East MPs react to May's Brexit deal defeat

The region's MPs have been reacting to Theresa May's historic Brexit defeat in the Commons. The government lost by 202 votes to 432 votes - a majority of 230.

Following the dramatic result, Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a vote of no confidence in the government. The vote, which is due to take place tomorrow could trigger a general election.

North East MEP, Jonathan Arnott was among the first to react to the news with a comment on Twitter.

He said: "So MPs reject the Withdrawal Agreement by 202 votes to 432. The correct decision, but the real battle is ahead because many arrived at the right decision for the most incorrect of reasons. This is a much bigger defeat than the one which finished Ramsay MacDonald's government."

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP released the following statement shortly after the result was announced:

“The result of the 2016 referendum was in part a vote to give Parliament more sovereignty. Theresa May’s failed Brexit deal is exactly that - Parliament is at last asserting its own power. As elected representatives trusted with evaluating the evidence and coming up with solutions for their constituents, MPs did the right thing in defending the public’s legitimate concerns about the deal.''

Paul Brannen MEP also released his own statement:

“The outcome of today’s vote comes as no surprise and MPs were right to vote against such a botched Brexit deal. We need to be realistic about the incredibly damaging effect that Theresa May’s Brexit would have on the country and more so on the North East which, as we have seen from the Government’s own analysis, would be hardest hit by any Brexit outcome.''

York Central MP Rachael Maskell Tweeted: ''The scale of the Government's defeat demonstrates the scale of the Government's detachment from the lives of people up and down the nation....''

The Prime Minister is now expected to go back to Brussels in another bid to win further concessions on a Brexit deal.

With Britain set to leave the EU in just 73 days, Mrs May has offered cross-party talks with MPs to determine a way forward.