Brexit: Theresa May's "sweeping" victory in the House of Lords

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The British Parliament on Wednesday night rejected by a large majority (327 against 126) the amendment to the Brexit bill approved by the members of the House of Lords for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Economic Area.
That would mean keeping the country in the single market, which the Theresa May government rules out.
Despite the government's victory in the vote, it is estimated that three lawmakers from the ruling Conservative Party ignored the party line by voting in favor of the amendment.
On the other hand, 74 Labor MPs are estimated to have voted in favor of the amendment, defying the official line of their leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who had ordered them to abstain.
In fact, five Labor MPs with minor roles in Mr Corbyn's shadow government resigned before voting in favor of the amendment.
Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable has accused Jeremy Corbyn of backing the government in the vote and leading to a "chaotic" Brexit. He described him as a "useless leader of the opposition".
The government also overcame another important amendment, one calling for the negotiation of a "customs" union with the EU after Brexit. The amendment, which had been approved by the House of Lords, was rejected by 325 votes to 298.
This means that all the important amendments that had been approved by the House of Lords and which the government opposed were finally rejected by the House of Commons during the two-day procedure.
The amendment that worried the government the most was rejected on Tuesday, stating that in the event of a rejection of the final Brexit agreement by British MPs, it would be up to them and not the government to decide on the next steps.
The amendment was voted down following commitments made by the Prime Minister to her "rebel" MPs that their concerns will be discussed in view of a new amendment to be submitted by the government following the legislative process for this bill.
However, a few hours after the compromise, a new controversy erupted within the Conservative Party, with the prime minister's spokesman saying no commitment had been made to party lawmakers on their final role in the Brexit deal.
The statement again provoked reactions from rebel Conservative lawmakers, who said they would not hesitate to oppose the government in the next stages of approving the Brexit bill.