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The Latest: UK lawmakers repeat dislike of EU divorce deal

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British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered an embarrassing parliamentary defeat on Brexit as lawmakers remain resistant to her EU divorce plan.

The House of Commons voted 303 to 258 on Thursday against a motion reiterating support for May's approach to Brexit — support expressed by lawmakers in votes just two weeks ago.

The defeat is symbolic rather than binding stresses how weak her hand is as she tries to secure changes to her divorce deal from the EU in order to win backing for it in Parliament.

The government was defeated when the members of a pro-Brexit faction in the governing Conservatives, the European Research Group, abstained because they feel the government is effectively ruling out the threat of leaving the EU without a deal.

May is struggling with little sign of success to win backing for her deal from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers in Parliament, which rejected the agreement by a whopping 230 votes last month.

The U.K. is due to leave the EU on March 29.

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9:25 a.m.

Britain's prime minister is scrambling to avoid another defeat on her Brexit strategy amid opposition from members of her own party who fear she is moving in the wrong direction in efforts to overcome the impasse blocking a deal.

Hard-line pro-Brexit lawmakers say a measure to be voted on Thursday rules out the threat of leaving the European Union without an agreement on future relations, undermining Britain's bargaining position. Prime Minister Theresa May has previously ruled out a "no-deal" Brexit as she attempts to win concessions from the EU after Parliament rejected her deal last month.

European Council President Donald Tusk has reiterated his frustration with Britain, tweeting "No news is not always good news. EU27 still waiting for concrete, realistic proposals from London on how to break #Brexit impasse."

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Remain in the European Union supporters wear blindfolds as they take part in a protest event organised by the People's Vote Campaign, which calls for a second referendum on Britain's EU membership, in Parliament Square, London, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Campaigners gathered together Thursday to call for Members of Parliament not to vote for a deal they say provides no closure and no clarity, while British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to avoid another vote defeat Thursday on her Brexit strategy. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
European Council President Donald Tusk, right, shakes hands with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier prior their meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Francois Walschaerts/Pool Photo via AP)
Anti-Brexit protestors wave flags outside Britain's parliament in London, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers this week to give her more time to rework the Brexit agreement with the EU, with time ticking down to the March 29 deadline for a Brexit split from Europe. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
Detail of badges on an anti-Brexit protestor's hat during protests outside Britain's parliament in London, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers this week to give her more time to rework the Brexit agreement with the EU, with time ticking down to the March 29 deadline for a Brexit split from Europe. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay speaks to lawmakers in the House of Commons ahead of a Brexit vote, in London, Thursday Feb. 14, 2019. Barclay told lawmakers that
This image made available by the Netherlands Foreign Ministry on Thursday Feb. 14, 2019, shows Foreign Minister Stef Blok and a hairy blue Brexit monster on a desk in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch government has enlisted a new ally in its battle to prepare businesses for the impending departure of Britain from the European Union, a hairy blue Brexit monster.  A tweet posted Thursday on Foreign Minister Stef Blok's official Twitter feed shows the monster, wearing a white T-shirt emblazoned with the word Brexit in red capital letters, lying across a desk. (Aad Meijer, Netherlands Foreign Ministry via AP)
This image made available by the Netherlands Foreign Ministry on Thursday Feb. 14, 2019, shows Foreign Minister Stef Blok and a hairy blue Brexit monster on a desk in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch government has enlisted a new ally in its battle to prepare businesses for the impending departure of Britain from the European Union, a hairy blue Brexit monster.  A tweet posted Thursday on Foreign Minister Stef Blok's official Twitter feed shows the monster, wearing a white T-shirt emblazoned with the word Brexit in red capital letters, lying across a desk. (Aad Meijer, Netherlands Foreign Ministry via AP)
This image made available by the Netherlands Foreign Ministry on Thursday Feb. 14, 2019, shows Foreign Minister Stef Blok and a hairy blue Brexit monster on a desk in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch government has enlisted a new ally in its battle to prepare businesses for the impending departure of Britain from the European Union, a hairy blue Brexit monster. A tweet posted Thursday on Foreign Minister Stef Blok's official Twitter feed shows the monster, wearing a white T-shirt emblazoned with the word Brexit in red capital letters, lying across a desk. (Aad Meijer, Netherlands Foreign Ministry via AP)
European Council President Donald Tusk, right, shakes hands with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier prior their meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Francois Walschaerts/Pool Photo via AP)
European Council President Donald Tusk, right, shakes hands with European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier prior their meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (Francois Walschaerts/Pool Photo via AP)
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay speaks to lawmakers in the House of Commons ahead of a Brexit vote, in London, Thursday Feb. 14, 2019. Barclay told lawmakers that
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay speaks to lawmakers in the House of Commons ahead of a Brexit vote, in London, Thursday Feb. 14, 2019. Barclay told lawmakers that "the only way to avoid ‘no-deal’ is either to secure a deal on the terms the prime minister has set out” or to cancel Brexit - something the government says it won’t do. (House of Commons TV via AP)
Anti-Brexit protestors wave flags outside Britain's parliament in London, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers this week to give her more time to rework the Brexit agreement with the EU, with time ticking down to the March 29 deadline for a Brexit split from Europe. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
Anti-Brexit protestors wave flags outside Britain's parliament in London, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers this week to give her more time to rework the Brexit agreement with the EU, with time ticking down to the March 29 deadline for a Brexit split from Europe. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
Detail of badges on an anti-Brexit protestor's hat during protests outside Britain's parliament in London, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers this week to give her more time to rework the Brexit agreement with the EU, with time ticking down to the March 29 deadline for a Brexit split from Europe. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
Detail of badges on an anti-Brexit protestor's hat during protests outside Britain's parliament in London, Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May urged lawmakers this week to give her more time to rework the Brexit agreement with the EU, with time ticking down to the March 29 deadline for a Brexit split from Europe. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Remain in the European Union supporters wear blindfolds as they take part in a protest event organised by the People's Vote Campaign, which calls for a second referendum on Britain's EU membership, in Parliament Square, London, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Campaigners gathered together Thursday to call for Members of Parliament not to vote for a deal they say provides no closure and no clarity, while British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to avoid another vote defeat Thursday on her Brexit strategy. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Remain in the European Union supporters wear blindfolds as they take part in a protest event organised by the People's Vote Campaign, which calls for a second referendum on Britain's EU membership, in Parliament Square, London, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Campaigners gathered together Thursday to call for Members of Parliament not to vote for a deal they say provides no closure and no clarity, while British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to avoid another vote defeat Thursday on her Brexit strategy. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)