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Brexit Bill approved by majority of MPs in Commons

MPs have voted overwhelmingly in support of the Brexit Bill in its final stage in the House of Commons.

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was passed at the third reading by 494 to 122 votes - a majority of 372.

The Bill, which came through committee stage unamended, will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to begin withdrawal talks under Article 50 of the EU treaties.

One MP was heard to shout "shame" after the result was announced, while there was some applause from the Tory benches.

A series of amendments were earlier defeated by the Government, including measures requiring Britain to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the country.

The Bill will now progress to the House of Lords for further scrutiny by peers.

Mrs May hopes to start the formal Brexit talks by the end of March.

A total of 52 MPs rebelled against Jeremy Corbyn's orders and voted against triggering Article 50, up from the 47 who opposed the legislation at second reading last week.

Former chancellor Ken Clarke was again the only Conservative to vote against the Bill.

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'We can't just be a Parliament for 52% of the population'

Rebel Labour MP Rachael Maskell has warned that Parliament needs to represent all parts of society - not just those who voted in favour of Brexit.

The York Central representative was among the 47 Labour MPs to vote against triggering Article 50, having resigned from the Shadow Cabinet in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's three-line whip to vote in favour.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain, she said her constituency had voted to remain in the EU, and she felt it was important to ensure their views were represented in the Commons.

It is about representing the voices out there - we can't just be a Parliament for 52 per cent of the country, which is what the government wants to do.

We've got 100 per cent of people living in our country that are obviously concerned about their future, and what's really important is that Parliament reflects that, reflects the diversity of different parts of our country.

We've got to find a way through that finds that voice for everybody.

– Rachael Maskell MP
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