Brexit bill passed, House of Lords votes for bill. UK can leave the EU/Scotland’s First Minister will push for another vote before the UK leaves the EU
U.K. Parliament clears way to Brexit. Parliament Has Now Given Theresa May The Power To Begin Brexit! Parliament passes Brexit bill and opens way to triggering article 50. No rights guaranteed for EU citizens. Queen to give Brexit approval clearing the way for Theresa May to invoke Article 50 before March 27.
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The Guardian: Parliament passes Brexit bill and opens way to triggering article 50
Peers accept MPs’ decision to reject amendments aimed at guaranteeing rights of EU citizens and meaningful vote on final Brexit bill. Theresa May’s Brexit bill has cleared all its hurdles in the Houses of Parliament, opening the way for the prime minister to trigger article 50 by the end of March.
Peers accepted the supremacy of the House of Commons late on Monday night after MPs overturned amendments aimed at guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens in the UK and giving parliament a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal. The decision came after a short period of so-called “ping pong” when the legislation bounced between the two houses of parliament as a result of disagreement over the issues.
The outcome means the government has achieved its ambition of passing a “straightforward” two-line bill that is confined simply to the question of whether ministers can trigger article 50 and start the formal Brexit process.
It had been widely predicted in recent days that May would fire the starting gun on Tuesday, immediately after the vote, but sources quashed speculation of quick action and instead suggested she will wait until the final week of March.
Daily Mail” Hands off our Brexit, Nicola! Theresa May to insist new Scottish referendum must be held AFTER Britain leaves the EU
Theresa May is today poised to emphatically reject Nicola Sturgeon’s timetable for a second vote on Scottish independence, amid fears it could undermine Brexit. Scotland’s First Minister yesterday declared she will push for another referendum just before the UK leaves the EU. She insisted Scots deserved a ‘real choice’ over EU membership and threatened to throw a grenade into Brexit talks by holding the vote between autumn 2018 and spring 2019.
It provoked Mrs May to accuse her of ‘playing politics with the future of our country’. The Prime Minister said the SNP had ‘tunnel vision’ on independence and urged Miss Sturgeon to focus on improving Scotland’s public services rather than ‘more uncertainty and division’, adding: ‘Politics is not a game.’
BBC: Brexit bill: Parliament clears way for talks with EU
Parliament has passed the Brexit bill, paving 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 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.