Brexit bill: Parliament clears the way for talks with EU

Brexit bill: Parliament clears the way for talks with EU

Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, which has paved the way for the government to trigger Article 50 so the UK can leave the European Union.

Peers backed down over the issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal after their objections were overturned by the MPs.

The bill is expected to receive Royal Assent and become law on Tuesday.

This means Theresa May is free to push the button on withdrawal talks – now expected in the last week of March.

The result came as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that she intended to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence at a time when Brexit negotiations are expected to be reaching a conclusion.

Ms Sturgeon said she wanted a vote to be held between autumn 2018 and spring 2019 – but there is speculation that Theresa May will reject the idea of the referendum being held before the Brexit process is completed.

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That Brexit process is set to take two years from when the Prime Minister invoked Article 50, which formally gave the EU notice of the UK’s intention to leave.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said. “We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.”

This result came as Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that she wanted to hold a second referendum on Scottish independence at a time when Brexit negotiations are expected to be reaching a conclusion.

Corbyn is set to challenge these plans

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the rejection of the Lords amendments was “deeply disappointing” but insisted that the opposition would continue to press for the rights of EU nationals to be prioritised and for the maximum parliamentary oversight of the process.

On the social media platform twitter he tweeted out : “Labour at every stage will challenge govt plans for a bargain basement Brexit with our alternative that puts jobs & living standards first.”