Lawmakers within the house of Commons voted on Tuesday via 332 votes to 99 on a brand new change to widen access to abortion for Northern eire. Additionally they voted 383 to 73 in desire of an amendment calling for same-sex marriage to be made felony.

A country of flux lingers on in Belfast

The law will handiest come into effect if the Northern Irish authorities fails to resume operation by means of October 21.

. If it's miles restored before then, the Belfast meeting may want to but overturn the selections.

Abortion is presently illegal in Northern ireland, even in cases of rape or incest, or whilst the fetus has severe defects. The simplest exception is when the mom's existence is at chance.

The law should additionally be accredited with the aid of the unelected residence of Lords.

A 'welcome leap forward'

Politicians on each aspects of parliament welcomed the proposed modifications.

"these days we have said all of us inside the united kingdom deserves to be dealt with as an same."

Conservative baby-kisser Penny Mordaunt, who has been the ladies and equality minister for the past yr, stated that the vote became "a welcome step forward".

"Parliament has agreed to address the dearth of get entry to to safe abortion in Northern ireland. We have to make sure girls in every part of our uk can get the care they want," she tweeted.

but, Nigel Dodds, the DUP's leader within the house of Commons, said the vote drove "a coach and horses thru the principle of devolution," and overrode the worries of people in Northern ireland.

jsi/se (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)