Skip to content

UK’s Sunak Wins Vote on Key Part of Post-Brexit Deal With EU

  • Sunak avoids any major Conservative rebellion over plans
  • 515 MPs voted in favor of new arrangements, 29 voted against
Rishi Sunak in Parliament on March 22.
Rishi Sunak in Parliament on March 22.Photographer: Roger Harris/UK Parliament

Rishi Sunak’s government emphatically won a parliamentary vote on a key part of its new post-Brexit deal with the European Union, avoiding a significant backbench rebellion over trade with Northern Ireland but failing to resolve a long-running dispute over power-sharing in the region.

MPs voted by 515 to 29 to back the so-called Stormont Brake, a new mechanism that allows the UK to stop changes to EU laws automatically applying in Northern Ireland.