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Brexit Brief: Embattled Prime Minister dealt fresh blow by own MPs

Lucy McNulty
Brexit Brief: Embattled Prime Minister dealt fresh blow by own MPs

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May suffered yet another Brexit defeat on Thursday, as pro-leave politicians refused to support her European Union withdrawal strategy in a parliamentary vote. A majority of 45 British politicians rejected a motion that reiterated government plans to seek changes to the so-called Irish backstop — the contentious plan to avoid a hard border in Ireland — and swerve a no-deal Brexit. The move has broken the party’s fragile truce over Brexit, with pro-EU Conservatives taking to the airwaves last night and this morning to complain about the inability of their Brexiteer colleagues to compromise.