By Savannah Smith   |  02-09-2017   News
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Brexit is coming a step closer to reality as British MPs overwhelmingly gave their nod to a bill on Wednesday that would enable Prime Minister Theresa May to start negotiations for the nation to leave the European Union.

In a historic vote Wednesday night, Members of the House of Commons voted 494 against 122 in favor of a law that would pave the way for May to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the essential requirement that would commence the two-year process of talks for Britain to formally pull out of the 28-nation bloc.

The bill's successful passage through the Commons is considered a feat by itself considering that two-thirds of the MPs had previously campaigned against Brexit. It now puts May on track to start the withdrawal process by the end of March.

The bill, however, is expected to meet greater opposition when it moves to the House of Lords from unelected peers and where May's Conservative party does not enjoy a majority.

The referendum on whether Britain should leave or stay in the European Union became a highly divisive and contentious affair, with the Brexit result shocking many political observers and pundits. Some investors got worried while fears were raised on the future prospects of the EU. Clearly, there was no denying though its victory and the people's genuine, strong sentiments behind their Brexit vote.

There were speculations in the early weeks following the referendum that European lawmakers might try to delay or even stop the Brexit process, but last night's vote showed that most MPs would not block the process, and will allow it to take its course.

Even two-thirds of the Labor voters backed Brexit, many of them wary and worried about the prospect of mass immigration from the rest of Europe.

Brexit leading campaigner Nigel Farage celebrated the fresh victory of Brexit by taking to Twitter and sharing his joy for the fresh, positive development for Brexit. " I never thought I'd see the day where the House of Commons overwhelmingly voted for Britain to leave the European Union.

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