Theresa May appears to be keeping to her word, and moving forward with some speed to bring Brexit to fruition.
Thursday 26th Jan the, ‘European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill’ was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading.
What happens next?
MPs will next consider the Bill at Second Reading. The Bill is expected to have its Second Reading debate on Tuesday 31 January 2017 with conclusion of Second Reading on Wednesday 1 February 2017.
The Bill is then due to be considered in Committee on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 February 2017, concluding in Committee on Wednesday 8 February 2017 when the remaining stages are also due to take place.
The bill is very short and succinct. Basically it says…
“Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
1 Power to notify withdrawal from the EU
(1)The Prime Minister may notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European
Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.(2)This section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European
(2)This section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European
5Communities Act 1972 or any other enactment.2 Short titleThis Act may be cited as the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act.