House of Lords rejects UK PM May's Brexit plan on 'meaningful vote'

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Royal Free Hospital, London June 18, 2018. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s upper house of parliament rejected on Monday Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to give lawmakers a so-called meaningful vote on her Brexit strategy, instead backing a rival proposal that gives parliament more influence.

The unelected House of Lords voted 354 to 235 in favor of a plan that would allow parliament to shape the government’s next steps in the event that lawmakers reject the deal May negotiates with Brussels, or if she fails to negotiate one.

In voting for that plan, the upper chamber rejected the proposal put forward by May’s government to give parliament a symbolic vote on next steps, but which stopped short of giving lawmakers the power to change it.

Reporting by William James. Editing by Andrew MacAskill