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2015, 01 Feb 17

Brexit Bill Passes Hurdle

The vote in the Commons was much less close than the referendum vote.

MPs have voted by a majority of 384 to allow Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexit negotiations under way.

They backed the government’s European Union Bill, supported by the Labour leadership, by 498 votes to 114.

But the SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats opposed the bill, while 47 Labour MPs and Tory ex-chancellor Ken Clarke rebelled.

The bill now faces further scrutiny in the Commons and the House of Lords before it can become law.

The prime minister has set a deadline of 31 March for invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, getting official talks with the EU started. The bill returns to the Commons next week.


2015, 01 February 2017


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Big surprise, yet another liberal cabal trying to undo a vote of the people.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    Aren’t those MP’s  in the house of commons elected by the people??

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    By the people in a limited district.

    That still does not justify undermining a nationwide referendum result.

  4. Le Roi du Nord

    Aren’t there house of commons MP’s from all over Great Britain, rather than a “limited district” ?

    Seems like an odd argument for you to make when just last November our new President received ~3 million less votes than the opponent.  Wasn’t that a nationwide referendum ?

  5. Kevin Scheunemann

    Oh Nord,

    U.S. President is elected by electoral college, not by referendum.

    This is more akin to liberals ignoring the marrigae referendum in WI.

    That is what liberalism does, undermines the will of the people.



  6. Le Roi du Nord

    And how are the votes determined in the electoral college?  Rock, paper, scissors?  Dice ?  Tea leaves?  The irony of your argument is hilarious…..

  7. Kevin Scheunemann

    No irony. Just a different system to decide winner vs. popular vote for referendum.

    Does not change constant liberal cabal trying to undermine will of people.

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    From Moyers morning report.  Another referendum ignored.

    State remains in the swamp –> Until three months ago, South Dakota was the only state that allowed lobbyists to spend unlimited amounts of money on gifts for politicians without telling the public. In November, citizens voted to change that. But their effort only lasted three months. Earlier this week, the South Dakota state Senate voted 28-7 to overrule the citizens’ referendum and reinstate unlimited lobbyist giving. Peter Overby reports for NPR that the state voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, showing that campaign finance reform is a bipartisan priority — the only people who oppose it are the politicians and lobbyists who benefit.

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