After three days of debate and the scrutiny of over 140 pages of amendments the British Parliament has passed The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
Ayes: 494 Noes: 122 Majority: 372
Leave means leave!! Now onto rough seas in the House of Lords!! #BrexitBill #Brexit #democracyprevails 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/3QOyFX7×8S— Cllr Joe Porter 🇬🇧 (@cllrjoeporter) February 8, 2017
The Commons voted for 494 and 122 against.
The vote ratifies permission for the government to trigger Article 50.
The Brexit bill will now go to the House of Lords for a two-day debate on the February 20.
JUST IN: House of Commons passes Theresa May’s Brexit-trigger bill https://t.co/R5j69Xmh8E pic.twitter.com/JAJnXzU3Op— Bloomberg Brexit (@Brexit) February 8, 2017
Any amendments added by the Lords will go back to the Commons and the back and fourth will continue until both houses agree.
However, Prime Minister May has imposed the end of March deadline , agreed by parliament, at point which Article 50 will be trigged and negotiations with the EU begin.
As a result of the vote
Shadow business secretary Clive Lewis, one of 52 Labour MPs to go against the leadership, has resigned.
BREAKING: Clive Lewis has quit the shadow cabinet over Brexit bill. He’s 7/1 to be the next Labour leader… https://t.co/K1MYOTAL19 pic.twitter.com/AtbMmBvZh5— Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) February 8, 2017
He said:” I cannot, in all good conscience, vote for something I believe will ultimately harm the city I have the honour to represent, love and call home.”
One Conservative Kenneth Clarke voted against the bill.
Watch Ken Clarke’s blistering anti-Brexit speech in the Article 50 debate: https://t.co/3RNHbLSIbu pic.twitter.com/mLnQFtsmej— Media Mole (@ns_media) January 31, 2017