|Author (Corporate)||United Kingdom: Department for Exiting the European Union|
The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on the 26 January 2017, by the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis.
This followed the ruling in the UK Supreme Court on the 24 January 2017 in the Article 50 'Brexit' Appeal.
The Bill if adopted would give the Prime Minister the power to formally trigger Article 50. The government hoped the bill would move through both the House of Commons and House of Lords before gaining Royal Assent prior to the 31 March 2017 deadline. However, news sources suggested on the 31 January 2017 that the government hoped to be able to trigger the Article 50 process by the time of the European Council of 9-10 March 2017. However, Open Europe suggested in a blog on the 16 February 2017 that the timetable might slip again to the closing days of March 2017.
In the days after the launch of the bill the main focus was on the divisions within the Labour Party as to how it would vote on the Bill in Parliament.
Two days of debate at the 2nd Reading stage of the bill took place on the 31 January and 1 February 2017 in the House of Commons. The 2nd Reading of the Bill was adopted in the evening of the 1 February 2017 by 498 votes to 114, commentators noting that this was 'the point of no return' for the United Kingdom to leave the EU.
The Committee Stage of the Bill was given three days of debate in the House of Commons on 6-8 February 2017. The bill passed through the House of Commons on a set of final votes in the evening of the 8 February 2017.
Separately, the UK Government publish a recently conceded White Paper on Brexit on the 2 February 2017.
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|