BREXIT BEGINS: Lords PASS May’s EU divorce Bill paving way for PM to trigger Article 50

THERESA May has secured the mandate from the House of Lords to trigger Article 50, officially starting Britain’s divorce from the European Union (EU).

The House of Commons and House of Lords are voting for the Brexit billGETTY   The House of Commons and House of Lords have voted for the Brexit bill

The House of Lords finally voted down its own amendments nine months after the public voted on June 23rd last year.The Queen is expected to sign the assent of the sovereign to a Bill which has been passed by Parliament, making it an Act of Parliament after the House of Commons makes it final vote.

Royal assent by the sovereign is required before a Bill can come into force as law – and it has not been withheld since 1707.

The House of Lords had attached the two conditions to the short 137-word Article 50 Bill, which was designed to hand the Prime Minister the legal power to trigger EU divorce talks.But the House of Commons overturned both amendments tonight in two separate votes.

After the vote there was a subsequent debate in the House of Lords and they voted to allow Parliament to go ahead with the Government’s proposals.

The Brexit Bill was pushed through after Angela Smith, Labour’s leader in the House of Lords, said the party would back down on the two contested amendments.

She said: “Despite very impressive amendments from the Lords, there is no indication the government or House of Commons wants to incorporate them into legislation.”If the House of Lords was to vote to send the amendments back, I wouldn’t expect a different result so it is highly unlikely we can get the House of Commons to change its mind.

“If I thought there was a foot in the door or a glimmer of hope that we could change this bill, I would fight it tooth and nail but it doesn’t seem to be the case.”

Rumours had been circulating that Mrs May was to officially begin her Brexit plan as early as tomorrow now the vote has been secured.

But Downing Street sources told that the Prime Minister will not now make the decision, potentially delaying for another two weeks.The official negotiations will not now commence until later than expected, a move which could hit the pound currency.

A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said that the Government has “always said it will trigger Article 50 by the end of March”, insisting that they have not changed their line on their plans.

David Davis, the Brexit secretary reacted to the news, he said: “Parliament has today backed the government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU and negotiating a positive new partnership with its remaining member states.”We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.

“We have a plan to build a Global Britain, and take advantage of its new place in the world by forging new trading links.

“So we will trigger article 50 by the end of this month as planned and deliver an outcome that works in the interests of the whole of the UK”.

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