>> The ayes to the right 335, the noes to the left 287 so the ayes have it,the ayes have it, unlock>> The final barriers to Brexit being dismantled. British MPs voting late Monday to pass legislation giving the government the power to start the EU exit process. Members of the lower house throwing out changes to the bill made earlier in the month by the house of Lords.
Those amendments had sought to guarantee the rights of EU nationals in the UK and to ensure the MPs would get a vote on any final deal. But ministers argue that any conditions attached to the bill could limit their freedom to negotiate. The Lords gave the bill their assent later in the night.
Now, Prime Minister Theresa May could theoretically trigger Brexit at any moment, but talk that she would do so on Tuesday, has gone cold. She's thought reluctant to act only a day after the Scottish Nationalists they would seek a fresh referendum on independence. Pleader Nicola Sturgeon says that's a direct result of Brexit which Scots overwhelmingly voted against.
But any delay will be strictly temporary. Many has vowed to formally begin Brexit by the end of March. Now, there is nothing to stop her pulling the trigger.