May wins ground af­ter vote

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LONDON: Con­ser­va­tive Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has won a cru­cial vote against an amend­ment to her Brexit leg­is­la­tion that would have re­quired her to ne­go­ti­ate Bri­tain’s con­tin­ued ac­cess to the EU cus­toms union.

Law­mak­ers in the Com­mons, par­lia­ment’s elected main house, voted by 325 to 298 against the amend­ment, af­ter May promised to seek a new “cus­toms arrangement” in a com­pro­mise ahead of the vote.

May also won votes against com­mit­ting Bri­tain to join the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Area and against seek­ing full ac­cess to the EU sin­gle mar­ket.

Bri­tain is of­fi­cially sup­posed to leave the EU in 2019.

May had ap­pealed to the 316 Con­ser­va­tive law­mak­ers in the 650-seat Com­mons to back the Brexit bill ahead of the two- day de­bate. But con­tro­versy re­mained over the com­pro­mise she had made to pro-EU Con­ser­va­tive rebels to win another cru­cial vote on Tues­day’s first day of de­bate on the bill.

An amend­ment had sought to strengthen par­lia­ment’s “mean­ing­ful vote” on the fi­nal Brexit deal by giv­ing it con­trol of ne­go­ti­a­tions in the event of fail­ure to agree a deal.– dpa/ African News Agency/ANA

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