May de­feats fi­nal Brexit chal­lenges

Shanghai Daily - - WORLD - (Reuters)

BRI­TISH Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May de­feated the fi­nal chal­lenges to her Brexit blue­print in par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day, leav­ing plans for Bri­tain’s de­par­ture from the Euro­pean Union still largely on track but her au­thor­ity weak­ened.

Law­mak­ers sup­ported the gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion to re­ject amend­ments to the EU with­drawal bill that chal­lenged May’s com­mit­ment to leave the bloc’s cus­toms union and sin­gle mar­ket, leav­ing the over­all shape of her Brexit strat­egy in­tact that will trans­form Bri­tain’s trad­ing re­la­tion­ships for decades.

But it was a vote in par­lia­ment on Tues­day that left her seem­ingly at the mercy of two groups in the Con­ser­va­tive Party — those who want to main­tain the clos­est pos­si­ble ties with the EU, and oth­ers press­ing for a clean break.

An agree­ment that de­fused a po­ten­tial re­bel­lion over hand­ing par­lia­ment more con­trol over Bri­tain’s exit from the EU looked in dan­ger of un­rav­el­ing on Wed­nes­day, when the two camps ar­gued over a pos­si­ble com­pro­mise on a “mean­ing­ful vote.”

There was lit­tle doubt the gov­ern­ment would win on the cus­toms union and sin­gle mar­ket, which some pro-EU law­mak­ers say is the only way for Bri­tain to re­tain eco­nom­i­cally ad­van­ta­geous close ties with the bloc, with the op­po­si­tion Labour Party also di­vided over fu­ture re­la­tions.

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