MPs across the United Kingdom have voted in the masses in favour of triggering Article 50 by March 2017.
When Article 50 is triggered negotiation talks between Britain and the EU will officially begin – as will Britain’s exit, reports The Telegraph.
The vote came after the British government agreed on Tuesday that Theresa May must publish a plan for leaving the EU before Article 50 is triggered.
In order to avoid a potential upset in the House of Commons, Theresa May agreed to publish the plan in alliance with Labour’s demands.
I will not vote today to invoke Article 50 by March when we still have no idea what sort of #Brexit the Government will pursue.
— Ben Bradshaw (@BenPBradshaw) December 7, 2016
All in all, 461 MPs voted in favor of Article 50 being triggered by March 2017 so long as the Conservatives publish a detailed strategy which explains how they will go about leaving the EU.
89 MPs voted against the bill and thus controversially against the will of the British people – no matter whether Brexit will be for the greater good or not.
#KenClarke – the only Tory to vote against the motion – I salute you!
— Damon Evans (@damocrat) December 7, 2016
On Wednesday an amendment was made claiming that when voting Parliament should ‘respect the wishes of the United Kingdom as expressed in the referendum on 23 June; and further calls on the Government to invoke Article 50 by 31 March 2017’.
As of now it remains unclear just how much depth the plan will reveal however with Theresa May admitting she has been kept awake at night by the mere thought of Brexit things are certainly skeptical.
More to follow.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.