Brexit moves forward

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: British Prime Minister Theresa May visits Martinek joinery factory on August 3, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Neil Hall - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

MPs in the British Parliament have voted to progress a bill the aim of which is to initiate the so-called Article 50 which actually proclaims the UK getting out of the European union. 498 MPs voted for the measure to initiate Article 50. 114 MPs voted against. Earlier in the Wednesday evening, an amendment tabled by the SNP to block Article 50 was voted down with 336 against and just 100 for. Two members of the Labour shadow cabinet resigned in order to defy leader Jeremy Corbyn and voted against Article 50. The British Prime Minister Theresa May has made an announcement promising that the Brexit White Paper is going to be published within a few days. The bill going to its Second Reading comes amid opposition to triggering Article 50 from MPs from Labour, the Tories the SNP, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. One MP was heard shouting “suicide” as the votes were read. The bill will now have further readings in the Commons before heading to the House of Lords.


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