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LONDON (AP) -- Britain's House of Commons is set to approve a bill authorizing the start of exit talks with the European Union - a major step on the road to Brexit.

The bill sailed through an earlier vote last week 498-114 and is very likely to pass its final Commons test Wednesday evening, keeping the government's March timetable to trigger EU exit talks on track.

The vote comes after three days of debate in which pro-EU lawmakers tried to pass amendments guaranteeing Parliament a bigger role in the divorce process.

They hope to prevent an economy-shocking "hard Brexit," in which Britain loses full access to the EU's single market and faces restrictions or tariffs on trade.

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