September 7, 2015 / 8:41 PM / 5 years ago

MPs pass EU referendum legislation to the House of Lords

British Prime Minister, David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, September 7, 2015. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron’s planned referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union moved a step closer after legislation paving the way for the vote was passed to parliament’s upper house.

MPs in parliament’s House of Commons voted early on Tuesday by 316-53 to back Cameron’s plan to hold a referendum by the end of 2017, meaning it will now be considered by members of the upper house, the House of Lords.

On Monday, Cameron suffered an embarrassing defeat in parliament at the hands of his own Eurosceptic MPs, who joined forces with opposition parties to vote against proposed rules on government activity in the run-up to the referendum.

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan; Editing by Peter Cooney

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