Brexit bill passed making way for the UK to leave EU

The Supreme Court upheld the ruling, a Notification of Withdrawal Bill was published, and the House of Commons voted in favour of giving the prime minister the power to begin the process with a majority of 498 to 114. Lawmakers on Monday are slated to vote on changes sought by the House of Lords - but panned by the government.

"We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation", Brexit minister David Davis said in a statement.

May gave no precise indication of when she will trigger Article 50, the mechanism to start the exit process.

If the amendments are overturned and the House of Lords agrees, the May government could send the notification to Brussels triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty to exit the European Union on Tuesday, government sources said.

Mrs May hopes to negotiate terms that keep ties with the other 27 member states as close as possible but also satisfy eurosceptics in her ruling Conservative party.

The UK government must agree to a new Scottish vote.

May has committed to triggering Article 50 by the end of March and her time-frame hinges on today's developments in both Houses of Parliament.

She said May had failed to engage with her call for Scotland to remain in the European single market after Brexit, and that Scotland risked being taken out of the EU against its will.

The House of Lords then backed down with opposition Labour refusing to put up a fight with the MPs arguing there was no chance to overturn the opinion of the Commons.

The EU may be seen to have the upper hand in the negotiations.

The bill will become law once it receives Royal Assent from Queen Elizabeth II.

At the time he was criticising the European Union for imposing irreversible laws on member states - something the current Brexit Secretary said was "not just undemocratic, it is anti-democratic".

University of Oxford bosses said Britain should guarantee the rights of European Union citizens after Brexit or Britain's oldest university could suffer enormous damage as academics leave.

The development comes after the draft legislation passed through parliament on Monday evening, giving the United Kingdom prime minister the legal authority to start Brexit negotiations with the EU.

Scotland voted overwhelmingly (62 per cent to 38 per cent) to remain in the Brexit referendum - as did Northern Ireland, while England and Wales mostly voted to leave.

Davis told the BBC he did not think that was "remotely likely", adding: "There will be tough points in this negotiation".

"Now, more than ever, Britain needs an inclusive Government that listens and acts accordingly", the Labour leader said.

Barnier and Britain must also work out practical issues such as what language the talks will be held in - Barnier is French - and the timetable, though some of those issues may be sorted out earlier.

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