London, March 9 : In a major blow to the Brexit plans of the United Kingdom, a rebellion roused by the Conservative Party has halted the ratification of the Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty that would commence the leaving of the UK from the European Union.
The members of the Upper House added a controversial amendment which lays down the terms of how Parliament will vote on the Article 50 Bill. The vote, which passed by 366 to 268, attaches an extra condition to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill — the piece oflegislation which will give PM Theresa May the power to trigger the legal process of leaving the EU.
The amended bill now demands, however, that Britain's Parliament must approve any exit deal before it is debated by the European Parliament, or, if talks fail, that MPs must vote to approve a decision to walk away without a deal.
The amendment was backed by Peers, members of the House of Lords, by a majority of 98, with 366 to 268 voting in favor.
PM May was dealt an earlier blow last week when the Upper House voted in favor of changes which require the Government to publish proposals on how to protect EU citizens currently living in Britain, including their residency right, within three months of triggering the Brexit process.
The Government will now seek to overturn both changes when the bill is presented for approval to the Lower Chamber, where May has a slim majority. Defeat in the Lower Chamber, however, could present a major headache for May if members of her own party follow through and support this latest amendment.