Brexit could be invoked within days as bill faces final parliamentary hurdle

Monday, March 13, 2017
By Paul Martin
13 Mar, 2017

Britain is poised to begin its departure from the EU as early as Tuesday, as the Brexit bill allowing Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 is approaching its final parliamentary hurdle.

MPs are likely to overturn two changes to the EU Notification of Withdrawal Bill made by the House of Lords when it is debated in the Commons on Monday afternoon.

Peers amended the bill to introduce a “meaningful” parliamentary vote on the final deal with Brussels and guarantees on protections for EU nationals living in Britain.

The Lords are likely to accept the bill without their amendments, however, meaning May will have the power to trigger Article 50 as early as Tuesday, once it has received royal assent.

This means May’s plans to pursue a “hard Brexit” outside of the single market and customs union will proceed.

Labour has urged May to consider keeping the “really important” Lords amendments, saying EU citizens have been “left in limbo” waiting to hear if they will have the right to stay.

On Monday night, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will lead an “emergency demonstration” alongside migrant rights organizations.

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