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Agony prolonged for researchers as Brexit deal voted down

Researchers’ anxiety over Brexit has been amplified after Theresa May’s deal was rejected in the House of Commons for the second time.

MPs last night voted down the withdrawal agreement negotiated between the prime minister and the European Union by 391 votes to 242—only a slightly smaller margin than when the deal was first rejected on 15 January

Ahead of the vote, May said she had secured “legally binding changes” on the Irish backstop to ensure the UK could not be stuck in a permanent customs union with the EU. But attorney-general Geoffrey Cox said before the vote that the risk of being stuck in an indefinite backstop remained.

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