Britain's House of Commons approves Brexit bill

by Abel Hampton February 10, 2017, 1:45

The draft legislation was passed by 494 votes against the 122, and has now been forwarded to the House of Lords.

The MP for Norwich South stepped down as shadow Business Secretary on Wednesday evening after Labour failed to force any amendments to the European Union (notification of withdrawal) Bill.

However, despite initially calling for a second referendum on the detailed terms of Brexit, the Health Secretary was among the 498 MPs to vote in favour of passing the European Union (notification of withdrawal) bill to its next parliamentary stage on Wednesday last week - compared to just 114 voting against.

UK's lower house of Parliament approved legislation for Brexit allowing the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to officially begin the process.

The vote was the result of 3 days of detailed discussion on the Bill and suggested amendments. However, the government is increasingly confident it will be able to trigger Article 50 before the end of March as planned.

In a letter to Mr Corbyn, he wrote that he was leaving the shadow cabinet "with a very heavy heart", but Labour had not won "the protections the people of this country need" during the Commons debates on Brexit.

"I therefore can not, in all good conscience, vote for something I believe will ultimately harm the city I have the honour to represent, love and call home".

Corbyn still has to fill several junior positions vacated by MPs who broke his three-line whip ordering them to vote for the triggering of Article 50.

But one Labour MP responded: "I've just had to Google two of our latest appointments to the shadow cabinet".

The "Brexit bill" received three readings and a host of amendments were voted upon.

TWITTER/GETTYCould the Labour leader be set to step down? "I congratulate those Labour MPs like Clive Lewis who stood up for what's right tonight - I know that their decision to defy the whip won't have been taken lightly".

The Scottish Government's Brexit secretary Michael Russell, in London for talks with United Kingdom ministers, said he was "extremely frustrated" and accused Mrs May of "changing the goalposts" on seeking agreement with devolved nations on Brexit.

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