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U.K. Lords Inflict 15th Defeat on May Over Key Brexit Bill

  • Peers vote 294-244 in support of amendment on environment
  • Bill returns to House of Commons, which can overturn changes
U.K. Government Cabinet Ministers Attend Their Weekly Meeting
Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

The upper chamber of the U.K. Parliament inflicted a final defeat on Prime Minister Theresa May over her flagship piece of Brexit legislation on Wednesday.

The House of Lords voted by 294 to 244 in favor of an amendment -- opposed by the government -- to maintain European Union environmental standards after Britain’s departure. Peers had already defeated the government on 14 previous amendments.