House of Commons takes control of Brexit
British lawmakers have voted in favour of taking control of Brexit, undermining the government of UK Prime Minister, Theresa May.
MPs in the House of Commons voted 329 to 302 late on Monday to give parliament more authority in handling the country’s possible exit from the EU, Press TV reported.
They also rejected a personal plea by Prime Minister Theresa May to stop the measure.
Introduced by Conservative MP Oliver Letwin, the amendment would enable the MPs to bring forward their own Brexit motion and indicative votes for alternative Brexit paths Wednesday.
The move could bring about a soft Brexit customs union compromise, or even a second referendum on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.
According to a spokesperson for the Department for Exiting the European Union, it "upends the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a dangerous, unpredictable precedent for the future."
"While it is now up to parliament to set out next steps in respect of this amendment, the government will continue to call for realism," the spokesperson said, calling for MPs to choose options that were 'deliverable in negotiations with the EU.'
The UK has spent nearly three years trying to negotiate a divorce from the EU, following the June 2016 referendum that resulted in the surprise victory of those in favour of Brexit. 104/211/209