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Peers defeat government over ‘meaningful vote’ on final Brexit deal

7:46 pm, 18th June 2018

Peers backed an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill by 354 to 235, a majority of 119.

There were 22 Conservative rebels who voted in favour of the amendment, including Tory former deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine and Conservative former ministers Lord Patten of Barnes, Lord Willetts and Baroness Warsi.

A total of 588 peers voted, making it the fourth largest turnout in a single Lords division on record.

The vote sends the thorny issue back to the Commons as part of a further round of parliamentary “ping pong” – with MPs expected to debate it on Wednesday.

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