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UK: MPs vote to leave EU

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The UK Prime Minister Theresa May won approval from parliament’s lower chamber on Wednesday to trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union, defeating attempts by pro-EU lawmakers to impose extra conditions to her plan to start Brexit talks by March 31.

Lawmakers (MPs) voted 494 to 122 in favor of legislation giving May the right to trigger Brexit, ending days of intense debate. The bill now needs the approval of the upper chamber, the House of Lords, in which May does not have a majority, before it becomes law.

The victory marks a significant step towards starting what is expected to be a complex and difficult two-year negotiation with the EU on issues such as trade, immigration and security that will reshape the relations between the UK and EU27 bloc.

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