Brexit Bill backed by overwhelming majority of MPs

The Government's Brexit Bill has been given the go ahead by parliament after two days of intense debate, by a majority of 384.

The passing of the bill gives Prime Minister Theresa May permission to trigger Article 50 and start formal Brexit talks.

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Historic vote brings Brexit one step closer

MPs have historically voted by an overwhelming majority to give the Prime Minister permission to start the process of leaving the EU.

It will be a victory for Theresa May but a predicament for Labour's Jeremy Corbyn who ordered his party to vote with the government but a fifth of them defied him.

The next step is a government Brexit plan, a white paper, due to be published on Wednesday outlining details on leaving the single market and implementing a new trade agreement.


Tories: Brexit Bill vote shows Labour 'hopelessly divided'

Labour party MPs were split over whether to vote in favour of the Brexit Bill or not Credit: PA

The Conservative party have described Labour as "hopelessly divided" after 47 of Jeremy Corbyn's MPs defied their party leader to vote against the Government's Brexit Bill.

A Conservative Party spokesman said: "Labour can't speak for themselves, let alone speak for the country.

"They're hopelessly divided and can't even agree whether they should back the Bill to implement the decision taken by the public to leave the EU."

Labour: 'MPs voted more than three to one' for Brexit Bill

Labour defends its members voting Credit: PA

The Labour party has said its MPs "voted more than three to one in favour of triggering Article 50" after it emerged that 47 members of the party rebelled against leader Jeremy Corbyn to vote against the Brexit Bill.

A spokesperson for Corbyn said: "Labour MPs voted more than three to one in favour of triggering Article 50.

“Now the battle of the week ahead is to shape Brexit negotiations to put jobs, living standards and accountability centre stage.

“Labour’s amendments are the real agenda. The challenge is for MPs of all parties to ensure the best deal for Britain, and that doesn’t mean giving Theresa May a free hand to turn Britain into a bargain basement tax haven.”

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