British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday received approval from the Lower House of Parliament to start the procedure of exit of Kingdom from the EU, overcoming attempts of the pro-European deputies to adject additional terms in her plan.
After a lively debate, 494 members of the House of Commons voted for the bill on Brexit, another 122 voted against, reports Reuters. The bill reached the House of Lords – the Upper House of Parliament of Great Britain, where it also has to get approval before becoming the law.
The process of separation from the EU is scheduled to be started before March 31st and to be concluded in 2019. Approval of the bill by the House of Commons marks a significant step towards two-year, and as it is expected, difficult negotiations with the EU on trade, migration and security, as a result of which the role of the UK in the world will be revised.
“Today we have witnessed the historic vote, – Minister for Brexit David Davis said. – The vast majority were in favor of beginning negotiations on our way out of the EU, and a strong, new partnership with Member States”.
The bill was approved without amendments and in accordance with the schedule. This has increased expectations that the bill will also receive the approval in the House of Lords.
The UK government hopes that the bill on withdrawal of the Kingdom from the European Union will be approved on March 7th. The next day, Finance Minister Philip Hammond will perform with the budget message, and on March 9th a discussion of Brexit conditions with Brussels during a two-day summit in Malta can be started.
According to Reuters sources, close to the discussion in the Upper House of Parliament, they expect that the deputies will continue to insist to be given a greater role in the negotiation process.
One of the sources said that this could mean one-week delay of final approval of the law. However, as expected, it will not break May’s plans to start exit process at the end of March.