The Brexit blockers: 89 MPs vote to defy the will of the British people

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Brexiteers hailed a ‘historic moment’ tonight after the Government won an overwhelming majority to start the process of leaving the EU by the end of March.

A total of 461 MPs backed a motion in favour of Theresa May’s timetable for Brexit, while a similar number of MPs backed a move requiring the Government to publish its Brexit plan before it triggers Article 50 – the formal process for leaving the EU.

But remarkably, 89 MPs voted to block Brexit tonight, despite June’s referendum delivering a record 17.4million votes in favour of quitting the EU. 

The rebellion against Brexit was marginally higher than expected but the result delivered a major boost to the Prime Minister and represented the first ever Commons majority in favour of leaving the EU.

It came after a heated debate on Brexit in the Commons chamber that lasted more than six hours. 

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