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MPs vote to demand that Theresa May rejects a no-deal Brexit



LONDON — The UK House of Commons has voted overwhelmingly against a no-deal Brexit, in an amendment designed to force Theresa May to rule out leaving the EU without a deal.

MPs voted by 318 to 310 for a Brexit amendment brought forward by Conservative MP Caroline Spelman and Labour MP Jack Dromey, which “rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement.”

The amendment is not legally binding on the UK government. However, it is a clear expression of Parliament’s will to oppose a hard Brexit and will make it politically difficult for the prime minister to pursue a no-deal.

The prime minister has previously repeatedly refused to take the option of leaving without a deal off the table, insisting that “no deal is better than a bad deal.”

Alternative amendments pushed by Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Rachel Reeves, which were designed to force the prime minister to delay Brexit, were rejected by MPs.

This is a developing story…

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