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Could the vote on May’s deal end in an historic government defeat?

Number 10 has apparently admitted her deal could be defeated by a “significant” margin. What does that mean—and how would a defeat that involves a substantial Conservative rebellion measure up against other famous votes?

By Philip Cowley  

Anti-Brexit and Pro-Brexit demonstrators gather outside the gates of Downing Street. Photo: PA

As the newspaper front pages talk of May’s “ebbing power” and the Prime Minister “caving in,” politicians on both sides of the aisle are looking ahead to next week’s Meaningful Vote as yet another potential drubbing. Number 10 has apparently admitted her deal could be defeated by a “significant” margin.

What does that mean—and how would a defeat that involves a substantial Conservative rebellion measure up against other famous votes?

Size of government rebellion: five key benchmarks

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