What Happened: British Prime Minister Theresa May will present her EU withdrawal agreement bill to Parliament during the first week of June to allow a vote before the summer recess, Politico reported May 14.
Why It Matters: By submitting the withdrawal agreement bill for a vote in the House of Commons, the British government is pressuring hard-line members of the Conservative Party to either approve the current deal or risk a potential agreement with the Labour Party that might result in a soft Brexit.
Background: The withdrawal agreement bill consists of various laws that are required for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. If Parliament rejects the package, it cannot issue another vote in the same parliamentary session.
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