Lord Falconer has said it is a 'historic moment' after his assisted dying bill progressed to the next stage following a marathon 10 hours of debate on the issue in the House of Lords.
The approval of the second reading of the Labour peer's proposal has been given the go ahead.
However it must reach a third stage to complete its passage in the Lords, which is likely to happen before Christmas.
If it does not, the House of Commons will have the option to pick up the Bill - although this is not certain.
Even if Lord Falconer's Bill does reach MPs, the looming General Election in May 2015 makes it unlikely the Bill will ever become law in its current form.
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