Reprieve for British PM May over Brexit

September 12, 2017

Britain's parliament backed a second reading of legislation to sever ties with the European Union.

British MPs have voted in favour of legislation to sever political, financial and legal ties with the European Union at its second reading, allowing the bill to move to the next stage of the parliamentary process.

The opposition Labour Party, which said several clauses in the legislation amount to a "power grab" by government, opposed the bill but would have needed to convince EU supporters in the governing Conservatives to side with them to vote it down.

After more than eight hours of debate on Monday, MPs voted by 326 to 290 in favour of the EU withdrawal bill, which will now go on to face days of line-by-line scrutiny.

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