Britain's Fox says now zero chance of stopping Brexit

Britain's Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox leaves 10 Downing Street in London, June 7, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville

GENEVA (Reuters) - A vote in Britain’s parliament on Wednesday closed the door for good on any chance of the country staying in the European Union, Trade Minister Liam Fox told a debate in Geneva on Thursday.

“As many of you will know, we took the decisive step last night in legislation that will now pave the way irrevocably for Britain’s exit from the European Union,” he said.

Prime Minister Theresa May won a Brexit vote in parliament on Wednesday, keeping her divided government’s plans to end more than 40 years of British partnership with the European Union on track.

“So in case anyone is in any doubt, the chances of the UK not leaving the European Union are now zero,” Fox said.

He said Britain was keen to ensure continuity as it left the trading bloc.

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Janet Lawrence