MPs have voted in favour of the Government’s timetable to trigger Article 50 by March 2017. A symbolic motion, which is non-binding, was approved by 448 votes to 75, a majority of 372.
It would be far better to just to repeal the European Communities Act of 1972. Article 50 leaves us being dictated to by Brussels.
MPs have voted in favour of the Government’s timetable to trigger the formal process for leaving the European Union by March 2017, as long as the Prime Minister reveals her plan for Brexit.
The symbolic motion, which is not legally binding, was approved by 448 votes to 75 – a majority of 373.
Faced with a revolt by up to 40 Conservative MPs, Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday bowed to pressure and backed a Labour motion which said she should publish a plan before triggering Article 50.
In return, most of the rebels and Labour backed a compromise Government amendment to support Mrs May’s pledge to invoke Article 50 to start Brexit before 31 March 2017.
MPs held two votes, with the first to add the Government amendment to the original Labour motion approved by 461 votes to 89, majority 372.
This was opposed by 23 Labour MPs and one Conservative in the form of Mr Clarke.
Mr Clarke was the sole Conservative to vote against the motion.
Labour rebels included Ben Bradshaw, David Lammy and former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie.
Iain Duncan Smith, who campaigned extensively for Brexit, told Sky News that Labour’s motion has created a “historic moment” in Parliament.
After the first vote, the former Tory leader said: “This is the first time ever that a majority of parliamentarians have actually voted to leave the European Union.”