May wins major Brexit vote in UK Parliament
British MPs on Tuesday voted in favour of a bill to end the UK’s membership to the European Union, a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May who hailed the “historic decision”.
Lawmakers voted by 326 to 290 in favour of backing the EU Withdrawal Bill, which will now go forward for further scrutiny by MPs.
The bill is aimed at overturning the 1972 European Communities Act, which took the UK into the then European Economic Community (EEC).
It will convert all existing EU laws into UK law to ensure there are no gaps in legislation on Brexit day, scheduled for March, 2019.
May averted a rebellion within her own Conservative party during the post-midnight vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill, which resulted in her government securing a victory at the end of the bill’s second reading debate in the Commons.
“Although there is more to do, this decision means we can move on with negotiations with solid foundations and we continue to encourage MPs from all parts of the UK to work together in support of this vital piece of legislation,” May said at the end of the tough vote.
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