British lawmakers defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, voting to change her Brexit blueprint in a move which could complicate her efforts to sever ties with the European Union.
The parliament voted 309 to 305 in favour of an amendment to demand Parliament pass a separate bill to approve any final deal with the EU. Lawmakers want more say over the final exit deal.
The vote came after six days of debate in Parliament ranging from the legal minutiae of Brexit to the gaping differences between so-called Remainers and Leavers.
Wednesday’s flashpoint was an amendment put forward by a member of May’s own party, the government’s former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, who said he wanted Parliament to have a meaningful vote on any deal before it is finalized.
May warned that the amendment could push the complex task of transposing EU law legislation right to the end of the two-year negotiation period triggered earlier this year.