>> Order, order.>> UK lawmakers gave Theresa May exactly what she asked for late Tuesday.>> The ayes to the right, 318.>> To help break the deadlock over Brexit. Parliament's backed an amendment that sends a clear message to Brussels. Namely, lawmakers would support a European Union withdrawal deal, if the current plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland is replaced.
>> It is now clear that there is a route that can secure a substantial and sustainable->>
Substantial and sustainable majority in this house for leaving the EU with a deal.>> Hear, hear.>> We will now take this mandate forward, and seek to obtain legally binding changes to withdrawal agreement.
Mays' original divorce deal was densely rejected by an overwhelming majority of lawmakers on January 15th. But on Tuesday, lawmakers backed senior conservative Graham Brady by 317 to 301 votes. For the disputed backstop to be removed, and replaced with alternative arrangements. May could not return to the EU looking for a compromise that could allow her to get parliamentary approval back home.
There's just two months until Britain leaves the EU on March 29th, and Brussels has repeatedly said it doesn't want to reopen the treaty signed off by the other 27 EU leaders. It insists there must be a backstop, or some sort of Ireland guarantee. Significantly, this time around opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn did accept May's offer to talk about the deal.
>> We are prepared to meet her->> And we also got confirmation of one other thing tuesday night.>> Division, clear->> A majority of lawmakers voted against leaving the EU with no deal whatsover. But that vote in non-binding. Theresa May could still choose to ignore it.