April 26, 2018 / 4:11 PM / 10 months ago

British lawmakers urge government to pursue customs union in symbolic vote

Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson leaves the Foreign Office in Westminster, London, Britain, April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British parliament approved a motion in favour of urging the government to pursue a customs union in Brexit negotiations on Thursday in a symbolic vote after most of the governing Conservative Party decided not to take part.

The approval was done verbally on a non-binding motion, which does not require the government to follow its instruction, and only a fraction of lawmakers in the House of Commons took part in the debate.

(This story changes wording to ‘approved’ rather than ‘voted in favour’)

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Andrew MacAskill and Kevin Liffey

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