British MPs and peers set for massive House move

Britain's Houses of Parliament
Britain's Houses of Parliament Copyright Reuters
By Tokunbo Salako with Reuters
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The 'mother of all parliaments' is set for the mother of all renovations


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

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