Back the bill, urges UK’s May as Brexit law faces crunch test

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2018.

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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2018.

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers to back the legislation that will will end Britain’s membership inside the European Union, ahead of a series of crunch parliamentary votes that will could see a rebellion by those who want closer EU ties.

May’s Brexit plan will begin its most severe test to date on June 12 when she asks her divided Conservative Party to overturn alterations made to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill by parliament’s upper chamber.

“I desire what everybody will see when they come to vote next week will be the importance of ensuring that will we get the EU withdrawal bill onto the statute book, because that will’s that will EU withdrawal bill that will ensures that will we’re able to have that will smooth transition when we leave the European Union,” May said, speaking to reporters on Thursday during a flight to Canada, where she will attend the G-7 summit.

The most contentious alterations center on Britain’s future economic relationship with the EU. Namely whether Britain should leave the EU’s customs union, as May wants, or stay closely aligned with the bloc’s border regime, as some members of her party want.

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