Queen Gives Royal Assent To Finally Trigger Brexit

20 Mars, 2017, 20:43 | Auteur: Timothe Dupuy
  • Queen Gives Royal Assent To Finally Trigger Brexit

The bill returned to the House of Commons on Monday evening, where MPs rejected two House of Lords amendments.

He was speaking after MPs warned that ministers must prepare for the possibility that, with European Union treaties allowing just two years to agree a new relationship, Britain might well leave without a deal.

Addressing MPs, May said the bill could now receive formal assent from Queen Elizabeth "in the coming days" - a process that would leave the prime minister free to start Brexit. May has the parliamentary authority to send her letter to European Council President Donald Tusk but she is taking her time drafting its content.

"This is a great success for everyone who believes in a global United Kingdom, which will be stronger outside the EU".

After a two hour debate and at least one vote, the bill is then sent immediately back to the upper house for debate and approval, now expected to start from 2030 GMT.

On Sunday, the foreign affairs committee of parliament added pressure by setting out the adverse scenario for Britain if the May government did not reach a deal with Brussels by the end of the two-year period.

Prime Minister May briefly addressed the House of Commons on Tuesday to say the trigger to start exit proceedings from the European Union would not be pulled this week. "It is disappointing, albeit not surprising, that the SNP and Nicola Sturgeon have made a decision to keep looking backwards, rather than looking forward and governing for Scotland".

The second amendment on whether to hold a meaningful final vote on any deal after the conclusion of Brexit talks was voted down by 331 to 286, a majority of 45, in the Commons.

The government suffered two heavy defeats in parliament during the legislative process, inserting conditions into the bill saying May must guarantee the rights of European Union nationals living in Britain and give lawmakers more powers to reject the final terms she reaches with the EU. However, the government insisted that its schedule was not affected by Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who called for a second independence referendum Monday.

The date of when she will trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty and start the divorce has all but overshadowed new complications to the talks: Scotland's demand for a new independence referendum and a call by Northern Ireland's largest party for a vote on splitting with Britain.

"What we can't do is have anything which would tie the prime minister's hands as she goes into these negotiations".

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