The huge vote is at last here.
Following over two years of arrangement, contention, expectations, and acting, Parliament will at long last settle on Tuesday on a bill that directs the terms of Britain’s takeoff from the European Union, a standout amongst the most nearly watched votes the legislators are probably going to cast in their professions.
• Prime Minister Theresa May has burned through the entirety of her energies endeavoring to persuade Parliament — and Britain — that the separation bargain she consulted with Brussels is the most ideal route forward. In any case, she hasn’t made the deal. The House of Commons is relied upon to overcome the arrangement by a wide edge, and nobody is totally sure what will come straight away.
• Much is in question: Britain’s place in Europe, its monetary future and potentially the survival of Mrs. May’s Conservative government. The discussion should end late this evening, with casting a ballot planned to begin at 7 p.m. in London (2 p.m. Eastern).
• For Mrs. May, the vote is an activity in harm control: An extreme misfortune would make it increasingly hard to separate extra concessions from the European Union and could provoke a vote of no certainty.
• For Mrs. May, the vote is an exercise in damage control: A severe loss would make it more difficult to extract additional concessions from the European Union and could prompt a vote of no-confidence.