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Brexit Bill Vote: Article 50 Legislation Clears First Hurdle in Commons

Brexit Bill Vote: Article 50 Legislation Clears First Hurdle in Commons”

The Conservative Party manifesto, on which we were elected to govern, promised that we would respect the result of the referendum. "We want the European Union to succeed politically and economically".

Mr Davis said the Bill of just two tightly-drawn clauses was a "straightforward" piece of legislation which implemented the referendum result while respecting the Supreme Court judgment.

But The Times said May was facing a revolt from backbench Conservatives unless she guarantees the right of more than three million European Union citizens living in Britain to stay.

This has been hinted at before, but the white paper makes it clear that Downing Street has tried, and failed, to secure a deal protecting the rights of both United Kingdom nationals in Europe and European in this country.

The document also indicated Britain could become subject to a new arbitration panel to resolve disputes with the EU after it removes itself from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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Speaking to German newspaper Die Welt, the Minister of State at the Department for International Trade said that the government understands that it will not be granted a special deal.

Lawmakers voted by 498 to 114 in favour of allowing the Bill to progress to the next, more detailed legislative stage.

The development came amid a wave of Labour front bench resignations, as MPs defied a three-line whip to voice their opposition to the prospect of a Hard Brexit.

Mr Davis replied: "If he continues to read that page, it confirms that we "will not be bound by the EU's Common External Tariff or participate in the Common Commercial Policy", which amounts to exactly that, what he said".

A spokesman for Corbyn said: "Labor MPs voted more than three to one in favor of triggering Article 50".

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He confirmed ministers' intention to trigger Article 50 by the end of March and said Britain would enter negotiations in "a position of strength".

Lawmakers have been demanding the government produce the so-called white paper so they can discuss it as they consider the passage of new legislation that would empower the prime minister to begin the formal Article 50 process of leaving the European Union.

But the bill could be delayed in the Lords, where the Conservatives do not have a majority - and where the unelected peers have no fear of a voter backlash.

But campaigners argued MPs should vote on it first.

Two shadow ministers have quit Labour's front bench in order to oppose the bill, while MPs Stephen Timms and Lyn Brown told the Commons they would also vote against it.

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