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    UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday is presenting the draft of the Brexit divorce bill to the UK Parliament; this follows the Cabinet's approval of the document, which she emphasised was a hard decision.

    UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday managed to persuade the UK's Cabinet of ministers to approve the controversial divorce plan with the EU, which provoked numerous resignations. Now she is presenting the document to Parliament.

    The Cabinet reviewed the document for five hours on Wednesday. As May described, the draft agreement would serve the interests of all UK regions. 

    If the UK Parliament agrees with the provisions of the document and approves it, the final vote on Brexit will take place in December.

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