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‘There’s no going back’ David Davis says Article 50 law will be tabled ‘WITHIN DAYS’

THE GOVERNMENT will table legislation to gain Parliament’s consent for Article 50 and the UK’s exit from the EU “within days”, Brexit Secretary David Davis said today.

This morning, the Supreme Court ruled the Government cannot invoke Article 50 and begin EU divorce talks without the prior approval of MPs and peers.Speaking to MPs in the wake of the verdict, Mr Davis told the House of Commons: “This Government is determined to deliver on the decision taken by the people of the UK in the referendum granted to them by this House to leave the EU.

“So we will move swiftly to do just that. I can announce today that we will shortly introduce legislation allowing the Government to move ahead with invoking Article 50, which starts the formal process of withdrawing from the EU.”

The Cabinet minister, flanked by Prime Minister Theresa May and Attorney-General Jeremy Wright, told MPs the Government’s lawyers are assessing the Supreme Court judgement “carefully” but insisted there would be no thought of the EU referendum result being reversed.He said: “There can be no going back, the point of no return was passed on June 23 last year.”

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David Davis told MPs legislation authorising Article 50 would be tabled ‘within days’


Mr Davis revealed the Government had already considered what action to take prior to today’s ruling, in the event of their defeat in the Supreme Court.He said: “We believe in and value to independence of our judiciary. So of course it goes without saying we will respect this judgement.

“This judgement does not change the fact the UK will be leaving the EU and it’s our job to deliver on the instruction the people of the UK have given us.

“We will within days introduce legislation to give the Government the legal power to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal process of withdrawal.

“It will be separate to the Great Repeal Bill that will be introduced later this year to repeal the European Communities Act 1972.

“This will be the most straightforward Bill possible to give effect to the decision of the people and respect the Supreme Court’s judgement.

“The purpose of this Bill is simply to give the Government the power to invoke Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the EU. That’s what the British people voted for and it’s what they would expect.”

There can be no going back, the point of no return was passed on June 23 last year

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Mr Davis told the House of Commons the Government’s timetable for invoking Article 50 by the end of March would not be affected and sent a warning to pro-Remain MPs preparing to obstruct Brexit.He said: “Parliament will rightly scrutinise and debate this legislation but I trust no one will seek to make it a vehicle for attempts to thwart the will of the people or frustrate or delay the process of exiting the EU.”

In repsonse to Mr Davis, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer demanded the Government produce a formal paper setting out its Brexit plans.

He told the Prime Minister she was “wrong to have attempted to sideline Parliament” in the triggering of Article 50.

Sir Keir insisted the Government could not rely on Mrs May’s speech last week setting out her Brexit aims as “the only basis for accountability for two years or more”.

He claimed there are “big gaps” and “inconsistencies” in the Government’s “high risk” strategy of quitting the EU’s Single Market in the hope of a free trade deal with Brussels.

Sir Keir said: “The stakes are high and the role of this House in holding the Prime Minister and Giovernment to account is crucial.”

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Sir Keir Starmer signalled Labour will try and amend Article 50 legislation


Sir Keir said today’s Supreme Court ruling was a “good day for parliamentary sovereignty” as he blasted the Government’s appeal to the UK’s highest court against November’s previous High Court decision on Article 50 as a “waste of time and money”.He pointed out there had been 82 days between the High Court ruling and the Government’s defeated appeal in the Supreme Court.

Declaring Labour would attempt to amend the Government’s upcoming legislation authorising Article 50, Sir Keir said: “On issues as important as this it would be wrong for the Government to seek to minimise the role of Parliament and to avoid amendments.”

These would include provisions for the Government to report back regularly on Brexit negotiations and to hold a “meaningful vote” on a final EU exit deal, he added.

As Mr Davis told MPs the Prime Minister was not aiming to “sideline democracy” with the Government’s appeal to the High Court, Mrs May mouthed the word “referendum” to the mocking Labour benches.

The Brexit Secretary faced numerous other requests for the Government to publish a White Paper on its Brexit negotiating aims, including from pro-Remain Tory MPs.

Mr Davis insisted he would “provide as much information” as possible without underming the Government’s negotiating hand.He also categorically ruled out the prospect of a second EU referendum and vowed he would not back another poll “under any circumstances”.

Sheryll Murray, the Tory MP for South East Cornwall, had urged Mr Davis to reassure her constituents they would not have to vote on the issue again.

She said: “There has been a lot of talk of second referendums on Article 50 from some on the opposite side of the House.

“Will you please reassure my constituents, the majority of who voted to Leave, that you will categorically rule out any second referendum?”

Mr Davis replied: “Yes is the answer.

“I’m afraid I take the view that somehow the British people didn’t know what they were doing first time round so they have got to get a chance to get the answer right is patronising, bluntly, and undemocratic and improper.”

He added: “The answer is I will not under any circumstances be supporting a second referendum.”

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The Brexit Secretary categorically ruled out a second referendum


Mr Davis also gave an assurance to MPs that Parliament would have the “final say” on Britain’s EU departure deal.Labour former minister Pat McFadden reminded Mr Davis of the Prime Minister’s pledge to put the final UK-EU deal to a vote in the House of Commons and House of Lords before it comes into force.

He added: “The Article 50 negotiation is not the final deal. The final deal is the future trading agreement between the UK and the EU.

“So can you confirm that Parliament will get a vote on both the Article 50 agreement and, as the Prime Minister said, the final deal – and what will happen if Parliament says no to the terms of either of these?”

Mr Davis replied: “The answer to your overall question is yes, we are standing by both of those and continue to do so.

“But the point I will reiterate to you again is that it won’t be the only votes. There will be a large number of other votes in between.

“The Labour Party can ignore it until the cows come home but the simple truth is they’re going to have many, many, many votes on many different policy areas after very extensive debate on primary legislation.

“So the answer is, Parliament will have a great influence on this process and it will have the final say.

“That’s, I think, a democracy in action.”

http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/758215/Brexit-David-Davis-Supreme-Court-ruling-Article-50-legislation-in-days-EU-referendum

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