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U.K. lawmakers defeat government on Brexit bill

U.K. lawmakers defeat government on Brexit bill

British lawmakers upended Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans Wednesday by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement the government reaches with the European Union.

The House of Commons voted 309-305 to insert Parliament in the already strained Brexit process, dealing a blow to May’s already fragile authority.

Several lawmakers from the prime minister’s governing Conservative Party sided with the opposition to insist that any withdrawal deal with the EU requires an Act of Parliament to take effect — essentially giving lawmakers a veto on Brexit.

May had promised lawmakers a “meaningful vote” on the departure agreement, but political opponents said her...

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