Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

UK's parliament poised for final vote on Brexit bill


The lower house (the House of Commons) passed the government bill to trigger Article 50 earlier this month.

Speaking last night, Brexit Secretary David Davis said: 'Parliament has today backed the Government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the European Union and negotiating a positive new partnership with its remaining member states. The upper house (House of Lords) now need to approve the bill once more before it is sent to the monarch to sign.

The unelected House of Lords, wary of being seen as trying to block the outcome of last June's Brexit vote, is not expected to fight for their changes a second time.

However, speculation swirled on Monday that Downing Street was unnerved by the unexpected call for a second independence referendum by Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and pushed back the date.

The upper chamber of the parliament, the House of Lords, gave the prime minister the right to initiate the Brexit procedure which means the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union by a majority vote, RIA Novosti reported.

The idea that in two years, the EP could veto all of this work by 28 member states governments worries me very greatly and says to me that what Britain needs to do is to get out and campaign hard amongst the French wine producers, the German carmakers, the Belgian chocolate manufacturers.

The House of Commons rejected amendments by the House of Lords, calling on the government to protect the status of European Union nationals within three months of the start of Brexit talks, by 335 votes to 287.

The news comes as the Brexit Bill officially enters the statute books, with the Queen due to grant Royal Assent later.

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Moreover, Muscat said that despite the UK's exit, Malta will have "the best relations possible", with the country, as it has had over the years.

This gives her the power to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning formal negotiations.

"We remain on track with the timetable I set out six months ago", Mrs May told parliament last night, referring to her promise to trigger Article 50 by the end of March.

British citizens should be able to choose to keep various benefits of EU membership including the freedom of movement after Brexit, the European Parliament's chief negotiator has said.

Scotland voted overwhelmingly (62 per cent to 38 per cent) to remain in the Brexit referendum - as did Northern Ireland, while England and Wales mostly voted to leave.

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn accused May's government of being "complacent", warning the prime minister that "if the wrong decisions are made, we'll pay the price for decades to come".

The warning comes at the start of what could be the most important 48 hours in generations for Britain.

He also criticised Labour, saying they "sat on their hands" when they could have been blocking May's hard Brexit.

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