Theresa May made a statement after the defeat in the Commons.
She says she “profoundly regrets” MPs decision.
She tells MPs that she has personally wrestled with the issue but says she is conscious of the “potential damage” leaving the EU without a deal would do.
She says she will urge the Commons to vote against a no-deal Brexit.
Theresa May has promised MPs a final, decisive vote on her Brexit deal – but not until she has secured changes to the Irish backstop clause.
Speaking in the Commons, the PM said she had a “mandate” to seek changes to the backstop as MPs had voted for it.
“We now need some time to complete that process”, she added.
If no agreement is reached by 26 February, then MPs will get more non-binding votes on Brexit options the following day.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused her of “running down the clock” in an effort to “blackmail” MPs into backing her deal, and asked when MPs would get a final, “meaningful” vote on her deal.
Theresa May says concerns have been expressed about leaving the EU without a deal, with calls for it to be ruled out.
She says the best way to rule out a no deal Brexit is to agree a deal with the EU. The only other way is to extend Article 50, something she says the EU is unlikely to agree to without a clear plan of how an agreement can be reached.
When people say the government should rule out no deal, she says they are essentially saying “we should revoke Article 50”.
This doesn’t respect the Brexit vote, she says.
Others are calling for a second referendum, she says, but “our duty is to implement the first one”. She is concerned about the precedent that would set for future refendums.
She says she does not know what Jeremy Corbyn believes regarding this, as he has “not engaged”.
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