In chess, to be "in zugzwang" is to be in a position where every possible move will worsen the situation—and some analysts see it as a fitting analogy for the position Theresa May and her government are in after Tuesday's historic Brexit defeat. After delaying a vote on her Brexit deal to try to get more support, the prime minister still suffered the worst defeat for a sitting government in modern British history, with the deal rejected by a 432 to 202 vote. Some 118 MPs from May's Conservative Party voted against the deal. With a March 29 deadline for the UK to leave the European Union looming, May has promised cross-party talks to find a way forward—but she will first have to survive a Wednesday no-confidence vote called by opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. More:
- A "nightmare" for May. While the numbers are worse for May than expected, her "dilemma is a more serious version of the same it's always been," says BBC correspondent Laura Keunssberg. She doesn't have the majority to push her middle way on Brexit through, and "her many critics don't agree on the direction she should take—a more dramatic break with the EU, or a tighter, softer version. Those two fundamental and clashing positions have always threatened to pull her and the government apart."