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UK Parliament gave PM power to begin Brexit process

UK Parliament gave PM power to begin Brexit processThe European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, after hard debates, passed its final hurdle in Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords. The House of Commons approved the bill weeks ago.

This is reported by The Associated Press.

May is now free to trigger Article 50 as early as Tuesday, but the government signalled the move would come much closer to the March 31 deadline.

"I've said 'end' many times, but it would seem I didn't put it in capital letters strongly enough," he said.

The government's satisfaction at victory in Parliament was tempered by the prospect of an independence vote that threatens the 300-year old political union between England and Scotland.

Sturgeon said she would seek to hold a referendum between the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019 so Scottish voters could make an "informed choice" about their future.

While Britons overall voted to leave the EU, Scottish voters backed remaining by 62 to 38 percent, and Sturgeon said they should not be forced to follow the rest of the U.K. into a "hard Brexit" outside the EU single market.
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