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Prime minister of Britain Theresa May now has the power to begin official Brexit negotiations following overwhelming support from MPs in the house Parliament today.

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was soundly awarded 494 votes to 122 – a majority of 372.

The Bill was not amended by MPs despite three days of deliberations to consider such.

Earlier, in a defiant move shadow business secretary, Clive Lewis rebelled Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet to defy the Labour leader’s orders and vote against the Brexit Bill. Bizarrely this is despite voting  in favour of the two new clauses earlier in the evening

Clive Lewis quits in defiance

Clive Lewis was among a total of 52 MPs rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn’s orders and voted against triggering Article 50, up from the 47 who opposed the legislation at second reading last week.

Former chancellor Ken Clarke was the only Conservative to vote against the Bill.


Overall this was a comfortable victory for Brexit as MPs have voted overwhelmingly in support of the Brexit Bill in its final stage in the House of Commons.

This was despite Gina Millers high profile court case to get Parliament to vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU

Gina Miller attempted to ‘put the brakes on Brexit’








The Bill, which is unamended, will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to begin withdrawal talks under Article 50 of the EU treaties.

One Labour MP was heard to shout “suicide” after the result was announced, but there was applause from the Tory benches.

A series of amendments were earlier defeated by the Government, including measures requiring Britain to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the country.

The Bill will now progress to the House of Lords for further scrutiny by peers.

Mrs May hopes to start the formal Brexit talks by the end of March.



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