July 17, 2018 / 6:23 PM / 9 months ago

British PM May U-turns on plan to give lawmakers extended summer holiday

LONDON, July 17 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May cancelled an attempt on Tuesday to end parliament early and give lawmakers an extended summer holiday, as members of parliament criticised the move as a ploy to ease pressure on her leadership.

The government had taken the unusual step on Monday of proposing to bring forward the closure of parliament for the summer to July 19 from July 24.

But, with only 255 days until Britain leaves the EU, and May’s Brexit plan in danger of being wrecked before she can even begin negotiating it with Brussels, lawmakers from all parties publicly signalled they would not back the move. (Reporting by William James. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)

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