Sunday 17 December 2017

MPs vote to give Theresa May the power to trigger Article 50 and begin Brexit negotiations

MPs in the House of Commons, London, as legislation to allow Theresa May to start formal Brexit talks has cleared its first Commons hurdle after MPs gave it a second reading by 498 votes to 114 - a majority of 384. Photo: PA Wire
MPs in the House of Commons, London, as legislation to allow Theresa May to start formal Brexit talks has cleared its first Commons hurdle after MPs gave it a second reading by 498 votes to 114 - a majority of 384. Photo: PA Wire
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

MPs have voted in favour of giving the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50 and begin the negotiations for the UK to leave the European Union.

The historic vote was passed after 17 hours of debate by a margin of 498 to 114.

The decision keeps in tact Theresa May’s provisional timetable of triggering Article 50 by the end of March, setting motion two years of negotiations with the EU over the terms of the UK’s exit.

The bill returns to the Prime Minister the powers that the High Court and Supreme Court decided she did not have - to unilaterally begin the process of leaving the European Union, effectively removing thousands of laws passed by European Courts from the statute book.

Four Labour front benchers, Rachel Maskell, Dawn Foster, Jo Stevens and Tulip Siddiq, resigned their positions and voted against the Labour whip.

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