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Brexit: Government defeats final obstacle in parliament

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Staff Writer | June 21, 2018
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Britain   The government won by a narrow margin

The government of Theresa May has defeated the "meaningful vote" amendment that could have given the parliament power to stop the U.K. from leaving the EU without securing a deal.

The government won by a narrow margin as MPs voted 319 to 303 against the amendment that was tabled by leading pro-EU Conservative Dominic Grieve.

Grieve subsequently withdrew his support from his own amendment at the last moment, accepting a government compromise and reassurance about respect for the power MPs held regarding accountability of the government.

Six Conservative rebels, such as Anna Soubry, Ken Clarke and Heidi Allen, voted against the government while only four Labour MPs voted in favour of the "meaningful vote" written by Grieve.

The meaningful vote was the final obstacle to the passing of the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will return to the House of Lords and is expected to be filed in the statute books in the coming days.


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