U.K. Parliament clears government to start Brexit process

The U.K.’s Parliament on Monday gave the government of Prime Minister Theresa May authority to start formal negotiations on the country’s departure from the European Union, with no further input from lawmakers. Voters approved the move in a 2016 referendum. David Davis, the Cabinet minister responsible for negotiating Brexit, said lawmakers agreed “to get on with the job of leaving the EU and negotiating a positive new partnership with its remaining member states. … We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.” The unelected House of Lords had passed two amendments calling for guarantees that EU residents in the U.K. could remain, and giving Parliament the right to approve the final Brexit deal. The elected House of Commons overturned the amendments, clearing the government to proceed. May says she wants to start the process by March 31.

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