Parliament Has Now Given Theresa May The Power To Begin Brexit

Posted March 15, 2017

Once the House of Commons passed the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill without any amendments, the House of Lords too passed it unamended by 274 votes to 118.

Speaking on Sunday both David Davis and Liam Fox, two of Britain's most senior Brexit ministers, admitted that the United Kingdom was preparing for a scenario where it exited with no deal with the rest of the European Union - an eventuality that would see it forced to trade on World Trade Organisation terms.

The lower house of Parliament is being asked by May to delete conditions imposed by the unelected upper House of Lords to her draft law, so she can press ahead and start Brexit by March 31.

The unelected House of Lords, wary of being seen as trying to block the outcome of last June's Brexit vote, is not expected to fight for their changes a second time.

The bill will pass into law when the royal assent is announced in both Houses of Parliament, which is likely to happen early on Tuesday afternoon.

May will officially have the authority to trigger Article 50.

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It also comes after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted an independence referendum to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year.

United Kingdom parliamentarians are expected to reject the two House of Lords amendments to the so-called Brexit Bill later on Monday.

If Britain fails to secure a deal with the European Union within two years, Britain will still leave the European Union but the precise terms of its exit deal might be decided by the courts.

The Queen will approve the Government's Brexit Bill in days, Theresa May has said.

Mrs May said: "At the same time, we will also seize the opportunity to forge our own new trade deals and to reach out beyond the borders of Europe to build relationships with old friends and new allies alike".

Former Foreign Secretary Lord Hague said Miss Sturgeon would exploit inevitable difficulties in Brexit negotiations to push the case for breaking up the UK.

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The prime minister said her timetable of triggering formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track.

In a 2014 referendum, 55 percent of Scottish voters rejected independence from the UK.

"All the signs are that we have a complacent government", Corbyn added.

"We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation".

The European Parliament's chief negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, has said he will do everything he can to ensure British people can keep EU rights post-Brexit.

Other sources suggest that the prime minister will not rush and, given the upcoming elections in the Netherlands and the conference of the Scottish National Party, will launch the Brexit procedure in the last week of this month.

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How soon the European Union can proceed will largely depend on when May triggers Article 50, and if leaders can hold their summit on the preferred date of April 6.