UK PM Defeats Final Brexit Challenges

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

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

MPs 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 looking at the mercy of two groups in the governing 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 unravelling on Wednesday, when the two camps argued over the shape of a possible compromise on a “meaningful vote”.

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