Brexit bill: what’s happened—and what next?

The clear will of the Commons is to fire the starting gun

By Henry Newman  

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The House of Commons has comfortably passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. That bill is the law required, following the Supreme Court’s decision on Miller, to allow the government to trigger Article 50. During the course of debate, the government conceded that parliament will have a vote on a deal negotiated with Brussels. Although the majority of 372 at Third Reading was slightly fewer than at Second Reading, the decisive votes will have sent a firm signal to the upper house: the clear…

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