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U.K. lawmakers reject having new Brexit referendum

Associated Press
| Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:53 p.m
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Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to lawmakers in the House of Commons, London, on Wednesday March 13, 2019. In a tentative first step toward ending months of political deadlock, British lawmakers voted Wednesday to block the country from leaving the European Union without a divorce agreement, triggering an attempt to delay that departure, currently due to take place on March 29.

LONDON — Britain’s Parliament has voted against holding a new Brexit referendum, at least for now.

Lawmakers defeated by a decisive 334-85 vote a motion that called for another public vote on whether to stay in the European Union or leave.

Campaigners for a new referendum are divided over whether the time is right to push for a second Brexit vote. This vote on Thursday doesn’t prevent lawmakers from trying again later to win Parliament’s support for a second Brexit referendum.

Britain voted by 52-to-48 percent in 2016 to leave the EU.

Britain’s Parliament is holding a series of votes Thursday on whether to delay the U.K.’s departure from the 28-nation bloc, which is currently scheduled for March 29.

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