UK government defeated on Brexit bill

Britain’s upper house of parliament defeated Prime Minister Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, voting in favour of a change to her Brexit plan that says she can only trigger exit talks if she promises to protect the rights of EU citizensm, Reuters reports.

The House of Lords voted 358 to 256 to make an amendment to the “European Union (Notification of Withdrawal Bill)” – legislation that will give May the power to trigger the legal process of leaving the EU.

The change requires the government to publish proposals on how to protect EU citizens currently living in Britain – including their residency rights – within three months of triggering exit negotiations.

May’s Conservatives do not have a majority in the upper chamber.

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