The internal market bill proposed by the British government has won its first vote in the House of Commons, after an amendment to block it failed.
The bill was approved at its second reading by 340 votes to 263. A number of Conservative MPs broke with the government and abstained from the vote. Previously, an amendment by the opposition Labour Party aimed at blocking the bill was defeated by a majority of 136 votes.
The bill will now go to the committee stage, where it can still be amended.