Brexit bill one step closer to triggering negotiations

In a success for Theresa May’s Conservative government, the bill to begin Britain’s exit from the European Union passed its first step in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

The bill that would begin negotiations with the other 27 nations of the European Union now moves into a more detailed legislative inspection, where opposition members will try to amend the bill to grant them more control over the talks.

Although all members of the Conservative Party and the majority of the opposition Labour voted in favour of the bill, there remains a large group opposed to the idea, primarily from Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the majority of the population voted against Brexit in the June 24th referendum. The Scottish National Party tried during the debate to pass a motion disposing the bill, but it was rejected.

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