December 20, 2019 / 2:37 PM / a month ago

UK lawmakers approve first stage of PM Johnson's Brexit legislation

LONDON, Dec 20 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson won initial approval for his Brexit legislation on Friday, the first step towards fulfilling his election pledge to deliver Britain’s departure from the European Union by Jan. 31.

Lawmakers voted 358 versus 234 in favour of the second reading of Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the legislation required to ratify the exit deal with Brussels. The remaining parliamentary stages will be completed in January. (Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Editing by Elizabeth Piper)

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