Thursday, 14 December 2017

Prime minister Theresa May heads to Brussels after EU vote loss

Theresa May is due at a summit in Brussels, hours after Conservative rebels in the Commons defeated the government in a key Brexit vote.

MPs backed an amendment giving them a legal guarantee of a vote on the final Brexit deal struck with Brussels.

One rebel, Stephen Hammond, was sacked by the prime minister as a party vice chairman in the aftermath of the vote.

Other EU member states could decide to move forward to trade talks with the UK at their two-day summit.

Mrs May lost by just four votes, as MPs backed an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill by 309 to 305 - her first Commons defeat as prime minister.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it was a "humiliating loss of authority" for the prime minister.

BBC        News.

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