May wins parliament vote after bowing to Brexit pressure

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After reprieve, May faces Brexit battle in parliament on trade. Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May won a series of votes in parliament on Monday, keeping her over-arching strategy to leave the European Union just about on track after bowing to pressure from Brexit supporters in her party.

Parliament voted 318-285 to pass the bill. It will now go to the upper house of parliament before becoming law.

After a rowdy debate when Conservatives criticized members of their own party, junior Treasury minister Mel Stride told parliament: “We have had a full, robust and comprehensive debate today as is entirely appropriate for a bill of this importance, importance to our ability to continue after our departure from the EU as one of the world’s great trading nations.”

For now, Ms May’s plans appeared still largely on track.

Ms May denied a suggestion in parliament that her Brexit plan was dead, and her spokesman said the decision to accept those amendments were “consistent” with the white paper policy document ministers agreed earlier this month..

The government won the vote on the tariffs amendment with a narrow majority of three lawmakers. Junior Defence Minister Guto Bebb resigned his position after deciding to vote against the government, the 10th Conservative to quit over Ms May’s plan.

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