UK lawmakers propose amendment to stop PM May’s Brexit deal and no-deal

A still image from video footage shows Britain’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, speaking at a Select Committee hearing, in London, Britain November 29, 2018. Parbul TV/Handout via Reuters TV

LONDON (Reuters) – A group of senior British lawmakers on Thursday put forward an amendment to block Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal and to rule out a no-deal Brexit when it comes before parliament for a crucial vote next month.

May must win a vote in parliament on Dec. 11 to get her deal approved or risk seeing Britain’s exit plans descend into chaos four months before the country is due to leave the European Union on March 29.

Hilary Benn, chairman of parliament’s Brexit committee, said he had proposed an amendment to the government’s motion on the EU withdrawal agreement and had the backing of senior pro-EU lawmakers from both May’s Conservatives and the opposition Labour Party.

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