House of Commons passes Brexit Bill

The Bill was approved in the House of Commons with a majority of 494 against 122.

Lord Robin Butler, who in December contributed to a gloomy House of Lords committee report on Brexit and financial services, said he now believes its conclusions had been "too pessimistic".

The upper house, the House of Lords, is scheduled to begin debating the bill on February 20.

Following the June vote, there was speculation that pro-European lawmakers might try to delay or even stop the Brexit process.

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THE Brexit bill has been passed overwhelmingly by MPs.

"The bill will more than likely be done and dusted by the night of Tuesday 14 March, giving May some moment in the sun at PMQs the following day, so her senior team or whoever they're sanctioning to talk up this nonsense should perhaps grow up and start treating parliamentary procedure with a bit more respect".

The legislation was presented to parliament last week following a U.K. Supreme Court decision which said the government must seek lawmakers' approval before proceeding with Brexit. The rest are non-affiliated or members of smaller parties. Divisions in the Labour party were further exposed with the resignation of Clive Lewis, the Shadow business secretary, who said he was unable to support party orders to back the bill.

Even May has also faced rebellion of around a dozen of her party's MPs, who are likely to go against the party's whip to vote for the European Union citizens' rights living in the United Kingdom to be assured before the negotiations start on Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party will continue to fight Conservative plans for the details of Brexit, including any moves to cut corporation tax. Apparently pro EU MPs whistled and hummed the European anthem, Ode to Joy, as they voted.

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Now, the government must negotiate passage of the law through the unelected Lords, where May's Conservative Party is the biggest grouping but falls well short of a majority (252 out of 805 peers).

The Prime Minister's spokesman said this morning: "That isn't the view of the Government".

"I think the British public will be looking at both houses and expecting them to do their democratic duty properly, which means not to thwart the bill or delay it unnecessarily", Davis told parliament earlier.

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