AFP: Humiliated': British press says May 'crushed' by defeat16 January 2019 | 02:58 | FOCUS News Agency
Dailies said May's grip on power was waning after the huge vote against the agreement struck between May's government and Brussels, as she prepared to fight a no-confidence motion on Wednesday.
"May humiliated by 230 votes," The Daily Mirror tabloid said.
The Daily Telegraph wrote: "Humiliation for prime minister as MPs overwhelmingly reject deal and Labour tables no confidence vote."
The broadsheet's parliamentary sketchwriter Michael Deacon said May had somehow defied the odds by making a historic event an anticlimax.
"Her speech had all the brio of a mouldy gym sock," he wrote.
"She sounded as winningly persuasive as a mother snapping at her children to eat up their cabbage or go to bed hungry."
The vote itself "was as if Agatha Christie has allowed Miss Marple to solve the murder half way through and spend the rest of the novel pottering about in the garden".
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