In what could turn out to be a stunning reversal, the British House of Commons on Tuesday voted 432 to 202 to reject a government plan to withdraw – “Brexit” – from the European Union.
The defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposal will lead to a vote of “no confidence” on May. Under the British parliamentary system, that can lead to a new election for members of the House of Commons.
In 2016, 51.9 percent of voters in Britain backed a withdrawal from the EU, which sought to integrate the continent with laws and rules regulating not just commerce but other issues including immigration and defense.
Some in Great Britain felt that the Union was overreaching and posed a threat to the independence of that nation, which includes not only England but also Scotland and Northern Ireland. But others worried that “Brexit” would weaken the U.K., especially economically.
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