British MPs and peers set for massive House move

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By Tokunbo Salako  with Reuters
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British MPs and peers are to leave the Houses of Parliament for the first time since World War II.

The historic Palace of Westminster is set to undergo a €4.5 billion renovation which is expected to begin in 2025 and last up to six years.

Despite its majestic appearance from afar, critics say the ageing building is a crumbling edifice threatened by a "catastrophic collapse" of services.

Parliament's has sparked debate over where MPs should go

Lawmakers voted 236 to 220 in favour of a motion calling for a "full and timely decant" from parliament while essential repairs are conducted.

The move means work can now begin on building a replica debating chamber. MPs and peers must also be given alternative offices

The House of Lords still needs to vote on the proposal, but is expected to support the decision