April 3, 2019 / 6:26 PM / 6 months ago

Lawmakers approve first stage of Brexit delay law

British MPs vote on amendment that would allow more indicative votes on Brexit option, in the Parliament in London, Britain April 3, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers voted on Wednesday to approve the first stage of legislation which would force Prime Minister Theresa May to seek a delay to Brexit in order to prevent the risk of leaving without a deal on April 12.

Lawmakers are seeking to pass the legislation through all of its stages in the House of Commons on Wednesday. They voted by 315 to 310 in favour of the first stage. Further votes on the legislation are expected at 2100 GMT.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, Elizabeth Piper and William James; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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