British lawmakers approve EU Withdrawal Bill
British House of Commons passed a marathon bill which paves the way for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union (EU) on Wednesday night.
With support of 324 MPs, and opposition by 295 MPs, a government majority of just 29, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill aims to convert all European law into British law.
The bill now goes to the House of Lords where it will undergo even more scrutiny.
The bill’s passing in the Commons was a major milestone in the Brexit journey, according to political commentators.
The withdrawal bill attracted more than 500 amendments which were discussed during more than 80 hours of debate in the chamber.
It will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and set down other details of the Brexit issue.
The bill, if eventually receiving royal assent by Queen Elizabeth, will also end the power of the European Court of Justice in Britain.