london - The British parliament has given Prime Minister Theresa May a defeat by agreeing to an adaptation of her blueprint for the exit from the European Union. That decision can make the Brexit even more complicated.
With 309 against 305 votes, an amendment was passed whereby May should now require parliamentary approval for any final agreement with the EU. A number of pro-European dissidents from the ruling party agreed with the opposition to enforce this right of veto.
The conservative government has a small majority thanks to the tolerance of the Northern Irish party DUP. Brexit Minister David Davis tried in vain to change his mind on Tuesday by vainly promising their 'considerable say' over the agreements. The Brexit hardliners accused their renegade party members, including their captain Dominic Grieve, of trying to obstruct the entire legislation on departure from the EU.
Until the last moment, the government tried to get the Conservative delegates on a leash. On a final compromise proposal, Grieve reacted rather bitterly with: 'It is too late. '
May can count on more resistance from his own circle in the coming weeks. Her spokeswoman said that the preparations for Brexit nevertheless continue as usual. 'We are disappointed that the parliament voted in favor of the amendment despite the far-reaching guarantees we have given. It prevents us from continuing to work on the statutes before the day of departure from the EU. '