Legislators from the United Kingdom will decide on the expansion of Heathrow

LONDON – British lawmakers will vote on whether to expand Europe's largest airport, the most important transportation decision in a generation, according to the government.

Monday's decision on a third runway at Heathrow Airport comes after years of debate, and approval of the 14 billion pound ($ 18.6 billion) project will surely be challenged in court.

Prime Minister Theresa May has directed the legislators of the Conservative Party to vote for the bill. The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Boris Johnson, one of the most explicit critics of the expansion of Heathrow, will not participate because he is on a commercial mission abroad.

Opponents oppose the project for environmental, noise and financial reasons. Friends of the Earth says that it is "morally reprehensible" and would see the expanded Heathrow emit as much carbon as the whole of Portugal.

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