Brexit: MPs overwhelmingly back Article 50 bill
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had imposed a three-line whip - the strongest sanction at his disposal - on his MPs to back the bill.
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
Tonight I have resigned from the Shadow Cabinet in order to vote in line with the will of my constituents— Rachael Maskell MP (@RachaelMaskell) February 1, 2017
Also, 13 Labour frontbenchers voted against their own party position, apparently without first resigning.
Been an honour to serve n shadow cabinet doing a job I love.Can't let down future generations voting against poor excuse of a Bill #Brexit— (((Dawn Butler MP))) (@DawnButlerBrent) February 1, 2017
Labour's leadership tonight waved the white flag. They are not an opposition, they are cheerleaders. Future generations deserve better.— Tim Farron (@timfarron) February 1, 2017
Ken Clarke, the only Conservative MP to defy his party by voting against the bill, said the result was "historic", but the "mood could change" when the "real action" of negotiations with the EU starts.
Tonight I'm voting AGAINST the Tories triggering #Article50; The UK Govt has singularly failed to consider the specific needs of Wales.— Hywel Williams AS/MP (@HywelPlaidCymru) February 1, 2017