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Brexit law passes hurdle in reprieve for Theresa May

Parliament took a historic decision to back the will of the British people: Theresa May

Kylie MacLellan & Elizabeth Piper | Reuters  |  London 

Britain’s parliament backed a second reading of legislation to sever ties with the European Union early on Tuesday, a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May who now faces demands by lawmakers for concessions before it becomes law. After more than 13 hours of speeches for and against the legislation, which May says is essential for Brexit but critics describe as a Conservative government power grab, lawmakers voted 326 to 290 in favour of moving the EU withdrawal bill, or repeal Bill, to the next stage of a lengthy lawmaking process. Many fell in step with the government which ...

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First Published: Wed, September 13 2017. 02:03 IST