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Summary

  1. MPs back Brexit bill by 498 votes to 114
  2. Bill gives go-ahead for Article 50
  3. White Paper on Brexit published
  4. It sets out UK's Brexit talks strategy

Live Reporting

By Jackie Storer, Alex Hunt and BBC Parliament Staff

All times stated are UK

  1. Recap: Thursday's headlines

    Here's a round-up of what's been making the news in politics today:

  2. Listen to business concerns during Brexit negotiations - CBI

    CBI director general Carolyn Fairbairn urged the government to continue listening to businesses in the UK and Europe "to make a success of Brexit".

    She argued that falling back on World Trade Organisation rules "would be damaging, so the pressure is on to deliver the best possible deal, as well as a smooth and orderly exit".

    Quote Message: The UK faces skills and labour shortages so businesses will welcome the opportunity to help design a post-Brexit migration system which works for all sectors. It is critical that business has access to the graduate and non-graduate workers our economy needs to thrive.”
  3. Union blasts government over Brexit impact on jobs and wages

    The GMB union has described the government's white paper outlining its Brexit strategy as bordering on "a fairy tale".

    General secretary Tim Roache says it contains no assessment of the impact on jobs and wages of leaving the single market and customs union.

    “Either they have no idea what they are doing and are playing fast and loose with people's livelihoods - or the truth is too awful to share with the public," he said.

    He claims it is "astounding" that there "is not a single reference to the NHS" despite the Leave campaign's promise that leaving the EU would result in an extra £350 million a week for the health service.

    Mr Roache also called for the government to protect workers' rights by putting guarantees into legislation.

    “We cannot allow Brexit to mean a bargain basement for workers' rights," he says.

  4. Listen: John McDonnell is asked if Diane Abbott had 'Brexit flu'?

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    Video caption: The Shadow Health Secretary was absent from the parliamentary vote on the Brexit bill
  5. What does the White Paper say about trade?

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    The UK will withdraw from the single market and seek a new customs arrangement and an "ambitious and a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement".

    It adds: "That agreement may take in elements of current single market arrangements in certain areas as it makes no sense to start again from scratch when the UK and the remaining member states have adhered to the same rules for so many years. Such an arrangement would be on a fully reciprocal basis and in our mutual interests."

    The government also wants to strike trade deals with other countries around the world. The document says the government is looking at ways to "achieve continuity" in its trade relationships with countries that have free trade agreements with the EU.