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Britain's High Court blocks new Brexit challenge

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, center right, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center left, as they walk during an event at an EU summit in Valletta, Malta, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. European Union heads of state and government gathered Friday for a one day summit to discuss migration and the future of the EU. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, center right, speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center left, as they walk during an event at an EU summit in Valletta, Malta, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. European Union heads of state and government gathered Friday for a one day summit to discuss migration and the future of the EU. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)  (The Associated Press)

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, speaks with French President Francois Hollande, right, during an EU summit round table meeting at the Grand Masters Palace in Valletta, Malta, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. European Union heads of state and government gathered Friday for a one day summit to discuss migration and the future of the EU. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, speaks with French President Francois Hollande, right, during an EU summit round table meeting at the Grand Masters Palace in Valletta, Malta, on Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. European Union heads of state and government gathered Friday for a one day summit to discuss migration and the future of the EU. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

Britain's High Court has blocked a new legal challenge to Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

The decision comes days after the House of Commons decisively backed a bill to authorize divorce proceedings from the 28-nation bloc, sending a measure on for committee scrutiny. That result was a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May's government, which had sought to avert the vote.

Campaigners in favor of keeping Britain in the single market sought to have a separate vote in Parliament to seek permission to pull out of the European Economic Area, which unites the EU member states and three other countries in an internal market governed by similar rules.

The judges said Friday "the current claims are premature."

U.K. Independence Party ex-leader Nigel Farage quickly tweeted, "Good news."