Historic Day

THE GOVERNMENT today formally began the Brexit process by introducing a Bill to give the Prime Minister the power to invoke Article 50.

Brexit Secretary David Davis presented the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill to the House of Commons today, with it expected to move through Parliament before Theresa May’s deadline of March 31 to trigger Article 50.

The Bill follows the Supreme Court’s ruling this week the Prime Minister must first gain the consent of MPs and peers before beginning EU divorce negotiations.

Mr Davis said: “The British people have made the decision to leave the EU and this government is determined to get on with the job of delivering it.

“So today we have introduced a Bill in Parliament which will allow us to formally trigger Article 50 by the end of March.

“I trust that Parliament, which backed the referendum by six to one, will respect the decision taken by the British people and pass the legislation quickly.”


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