>> Today, we move onto amendments on the substance of the government's negotiations.>> Britain's departure from the EU is set to pass a major obstacle. The Brexit bill legislating for divorce proceedings to begin looks like it has passed through the House of Commons. And Reuters' Carly McLaren says it's putting opposition Labour MPs in a tight spot.
>> While the country voted to leave the European Union, their own constituency might have voted to remain. And, therefore, they are split as to whether they should respect the will of their constituents or the wider democratic vote, particularly several Labour MPs, and London Labour MPs are in that position.
Many are choosing to respect the will of their constituency and vote against the bill.>> This may mean a number of front bench Labour MPs are either sacked or resign. That fate likely awaits if they rebel against their leader Jeremy Corbyn's order to pass the bill. In theory, the conservatives have the slim majority to back the legislation if they can avoid pro-EU MPs rebelling.
Throughout three days of debate, a flurry of amendments have been proposed.>> If this bill passes unamended, then his position and point of influence will pass with it.>> Including forcing the government to regularly report back to Parliament, but so far none have stuck.>> If the bill passes without any amendments, as is expected, that would give Theresa May and the government a green light to get on with Brexit in the way that she has already set out her plans for the negotiations, including leaving the EU's single market.
So Labour and other opposition parties will have failed in their attempts to kind of shape that Brexit deal so far.>> Next stop will be the unelected House of Lords. There the government can't call upon a majority, but it can still call upon a so far successful argument.
To block Brexit is to disrupt democracy.