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.
Historic vote in Parliament tonight. A huge majority to get our Brexit negotiations going forward. History has been made— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 1, 2017
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.