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British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Britain's House of Commons is to vote on a bill Wednesday authorizing Prime Minister Theresa May to start European Union exit talks — the first major test of whether lawmakers will try to impede the government's Brexit plans. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The UK Parliament voted to start the process of divorcing Britain from the EU


The U.K. parliament voted in favor Tuesday of beginning the Brexit process, which would divorce Britain from the European Union.

Members of the House of Commons voted 498 to 114 in favor of a bill giving Prime Minister Theresa May the authority to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. This gives the U.K. two years to negotiate a separation deal with the other members of the EU.

Opposition parties can fight Brexit next week with a series of amendments when the bill returns to the House of Commons. The U.K.'s upper house, the House of Lords, will need to approve the legislation before it becomes law.

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