UK House of Commons votes in favour of Brexit

Only one Tory MP, former chancellor Ken Clarke, voted against the Bill, but Jeremy Corbyn was unable to contain a revolt by 47 Labour MPs. Ex Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, said he would vote for the bill, if it wasn't for his major concerns over Britain's future after Brexit, focusing on the foreign affairs impact, particularly with then new US administration: "I can go along with the Prime Minister that 'Brexit means Brexit, '" Miliband said.

Labour MPs in the North East have been giving their reasons as to why they voted in favour of a Parliament Bill to trigger Brexit negotiations. Earlier they rejected an attempt to throw out the bill, proposed by pro-EU Scottish nationalists.

The House of Commons decisively backed the bill by 498 votes to 114, sending it on for committee scrutiny.

Just in case you still feel short of information on Brexit, the government has confirmed that it will bring out a new white paper on the Great Repeal Bill, which transposes European Union regulation into British law.

The government had sought to exclude parliament, insisting it had the power to trigger Article 50 on its own, but the Supreme Court last week ruled it must consult lawmakers.

Corbyn's team see the vote as a defining moment for Labour which is now facing two hard by-elections in Stoke and Copeland which both vote overwhelmingly in favour to leave the European Union. "And the overwhelming majority of people - however they voted - want us to get on with it too".

Following the vote for Brexit in last June's referendum, Mr Davis said the only question now before Parliament was: "Do we trust the people or not?"

As the "White Paper" was released, Brexit Secretary David Davis addressed parliament, telling MPs that "we want the European Union to succeed politically and economically", and Britain would work toward "a new positive and constructive partnership" with the bloc. "I can no more vote for this, than I can vote against my DNA".

Britain's European Union exit door was thrown open last night as MPs gave the Prime Minister a sweeping mandate to move Article 50 and kick-start negotiations on divorce terms.

Prime Minister Theresa May reaffirmed her commitment to a "hard" Brexit, stating that the United Kingdom would leave the single market and end freedom of movement. However, he also had a word of caution for the Prime Minister, as he suggested negotiations with the European Union would be "bitter" and there would be arguments no everything from state aid to agricultural produce.

  • Joey Payne