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British House of Commons vote in favour of Brexit

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Britain’s MPs have voted to authorise British prime minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on withdrawing from the EU by 498 votes to 114, a majority of 384.

The British government has published a white paper on its Brexit strategy and the House of Commons will consider amendments to the legislation next week before it goes to the House of Lords, with full parliamentary approval expected in early March. This would allow Theresa May to invoke Article 50 and start formal withdrawal negotiations at an EU summit in Brussels on March 9th.

The British prime minister had initially resisted publishing a white paper, suggesting that her Brexit speech contained enough detail, but relented under pressure from Conservative backbenchers and opposition parties.


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