Brexit delay bill passes Commons by a whisker

Apr 04, 2019, 3:49 AM EDT
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Lawmakers in the U.K.’s House of Commons on Wednesday passed a bill that instructs Prime Minister Theresa May to seek an extension of Article 50 beyond April 12 to avoid a disorderly, no-deal Brexit.

The bill, put forward by opposition Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper, passed the Commons with a majority of just one vote, eventually prevailing over all the efforts by the government and Brexiters to frustrate the legislation, notes The Guardian.

The bill, which now needs to be approved by the upper chamber, the House of Lords, would require May to get the Parliament’s nod for the details of Brexit delay and also gives lawmakers the power to dictate the length of the extension, writes Reuters.

The development comes as May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn began talks to break the logjam over her thrice-rejected withdrawal agreement with the E.U.

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