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UK lawmakers pass measure to limit government spending power in no-deal Brexit

U.K. lawmakers passed a measure creating new hurdles to a no-deal Brexit scenario, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May a week before the parliamentary vote on her proposed withdrawal agreement.

Voting 303-296, the House of Commons approved an amendment to the Finance Bill that seeks to curb the government's ability to raise taxes in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the BBC reported.

Twenty lawmakers from May's Conservative Party voted in favor of the measure, according to the report.

May's government downplayed the significance of the setback, Reuters reported. A spokesman said it does not prevent the U.K. from leaving the EU on March 29 or the government from collecting taxes, according to the news service.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the vote is "an important step to prevent a no-deal Brexit." "It shows that there is no majority in Parliament, the Cabinet or the country for crashing out of the EU without an agreement," he added.

Lawmakers will hold a parliamentary vote on May's proposed Brexit deal with the EU on Jan. 15. The prime minister postponed the vote in December 2018, admitting that the measure would face defeat amid concerns over the planned backstop solution for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.