May wins ground after vote
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