Members of Britain’s House of Lords have inflicted an embarrassing defeat on the government of Prime Minister Theresa May by voting against her flagship Brexit legislation, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, also known as the Repeal Bill.
Peers on Wednesday voted by 348 to 225 in favor of remaining in a customs union with the bloc after Brexit.
Lords approved several amendments backing continued membership of the UK-EU customs union, and protecting people’s rights after Brexit.
The May government has argued that remaining in the customs union would bar Britain from signing third-party trade agreements with other countries.
Wednesday’s defeat is embarrassing for the government, which is trying hard to get the withdrawal bill passed from the parliament in time to prepare for Britain’s exit for the EU next year.
The Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, crossbenchers and backbench Tories voted in favor of the amendments requiring…