The U.K. has decided to move forward with plans to become a full member of the European Union and start formal trade negotiations with the bloc, despite years of protests and a bitter dispute over its access to the single market.
The decision to go ahead with the formal Brexit process comes despite fierce opposition from the British government and opposition parties, including Labour.
The country voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Economic Community last year after years of wrangling and months of wranglings with Brussels.
In a move that could prove politically toxic, the government is expected to approve a formal trade deal with the EU on Monday, though the details of the deal are still being worked out.
The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution in September calling for the UK to join the European Convention on Human Rights, which was created by the European Communities in 1945 and is the legal basis for all EU member states.
The resolution called for the U-turn on Brexit, which the government has vehemently opposed.
The British government has repeatedly rejected the notion of leaving the EU and has consistently said that it wants to maintain a relationship with the U and the EU as a bloc.
The government says it wants a better relationship with other EU members in order to help ease Britain’s exit from the bloc.