Britain’s parliament approved the Brexit bill, giving Prime Minister Theresa May the power to begin the proceedings to the leave the European Union.
The House of Commons approved the bill several weeks ago, but the House of Lords sought to amend it, inserting a promise that EU citizens living in the UK will be allowed to remain after Britain pulls out of the bloc.
They also added a demand that Parliament get a “meaningful” vote on the final deal between Britain and the remaining 27 EU nations.
Both amendments were rejected Monday by the House of Commons, where May’s Conservatives have a majority. The bill returned to the House of Lords, which backed down and approved it without amendments.
Once the bill receives royal assent — a formality that should be accomplished within hours — May will be free to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s key treaty, triggering two years of exit negotiations, by her deadline of March 31.