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Last Updated : Jan 19, 2018 01:43 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

British lawmakers back Brexit legislation as upper house test beckons

The Brexit legislation will now be scrutinised by the House of Lords, where PM Theresa May's party does not have a majority.

In a moment that marks victory for British Prime Minister Theresa May over her political opponents who wanted a softer approach to leave the European Union (EU), British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favour of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit. (Image: Reuters)
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In a moment that marks victory for British Prime Minister Theresa May over her political opponents who wanted a softer approach to leave the European Union (EU), British lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favour of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit. (Image: Reuters)

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which was approved by 324:295 vote in the lower house, will now face scrutiny from parliament’s largely pro-EU upper house, where PM May's party does not have a majority. (Image: Reuters)
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The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which was approved by 324:295 vote in the lower house, will now face scrutiny from parliament’s largely pro-EU upper house, where PM May's party does not have a majority. (Image: Reuters)

While calls for a second referendum are expected to remain, PM May has ruled out a second vote. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is also committed to following through with Brexit. (Image: Reuters)
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While calls for a second referendum are expected to remain, PM May has ruled out a second vote. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is also committed to following through with Brexit. (Image: Reuters)

Brexit Minister David Davis said, “This bill is essential for preparing the country for the historic milestone of withdrawing from the European Union”. (Image: Reuters)
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Brexit Minister David Davis said, “This bill is essential for preparing the country for the historic milestone of withdrawing from the European Union”. (Image: Reuters)

Opposition Labour party's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer, describing any attempt to persuade the government that the legislation needed to change as “talking to a brick wall”, adding that “This bill has never been fit for purpose”. (Image: Reuters)
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Opposition Labour party's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer, describing any attempt to persuade the government that the legislation needed to change as “talking to a brick wall”, adding that “This bill has never been fit for purpose”. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Jan 19, 2018 01:43 pm
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