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EMBARGOED UNTIL 7/3/17 0001GMT Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May talks with students in a mathematics class during a visit to King's College London Mathematics School in central London March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Victoria Jones/Pool

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has been clear she wants a bill that gives her the power to trigger formal divorce talks with the European Union to pass into law unamended, her spokesman said on Tuesday.

"She's been clear that she wants an unamended bill to pass. This is a simple bill with one purpose -- to give the government the power to trigger Article 50," the spokesman told reporters, referring to Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty which starts the divorce talks.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Alistair Smout)

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