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May wins Brexit vote, avoids rebellion

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June 13, 2018

Theresa May was given reason to smile after the government won a key Brexit vote in parliament.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has won a vote in parliament, winning over potential pro-European Union rebels in her party with a compromise on plans to give parliament a meaningful vote later this year on the terms of Britain's exit from the EU.

After a closely-watched debate, lawmakers voted 324 to 298 to accept a proposal saying that if parliament rejects the final Brexit deal, a government minister will set out how the government plans to proceed within 28 days.

That, combined with a promise to listen to a leading pro-European lawmaker and potentially add further safeguards giving parliament more influence, was enough to see off a rebellion that had threatened to undermine May's authority.

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