With Parliament's Approval, Britain on Verge of Triggering EU Divorce Talks

With Parliament's Approval, Britain on Verge of Triggering EU Divorce Talks

Introducing the returned bill in the House of Lords, Lord Bridges of Headley told peers that the debate was "not the time, nor the place to return to the fray and insert terms and conditions to our negotiating position, still less to force the government to make a unilateral move on the status of European Union nationals in the UK".

Brexit secretary David Davis said: Parliament has backed the Government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU. The House of Lords will be under strong pressure not to block the legislation further and the government could secure approval for the Bill late on Monday.

MPs in the House of Commons want to finally approve May's Article 50 Bill to enable Queen Elizabeth II to give royal assent.

He appealed to May not to trigger Article 50 when "her government has simply not done the work that will lead to new trade deals", warning it will damage the United Kingdom economy and reduce life chances for young people.

It seems, however, that there is trouble in paradise for May, as Scotland's first minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has reaffirmed her calls for a second Scottish independence referendum.

Mrs May, who was appointed Prime Minister shortly after Britain voted to leave the European Union last June, faced down attempts in both the Lower and Upper Houses of Parliament to add conditions to the Bill giving her right to launch the divorce.

But Mr Davis succeeded in warding off a potential rebellion in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, where Ms May only has a slim majority, from a handful of pro-EU Conservatives who say parliament should be able to prevent the government walking away from negotiations and leaving without a deal.

Theresa May has told MPs that the backing for the government's Brexit bill will be a "defining moment for our whole country".

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The prime minister said her timetable of triggering formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track.

Waiting would allow May to avoid obstacles, such as Wednesday's Dutch elections and the March 25 celebration of the EU's founding Treaty of Rome, while keeping to her deadline of acting by the end of the month.

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.

Concerns over a second referendum vote will tend to unsettle Sterling to some extent even though there is no possibility of a vote within the next 18 months and the United Kingdom government remains strongly opposed to a another vote.

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".

"We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation".

The prime minister was forced to pause to allow the noise in the Commons to die down as she set out her support for "further steps to complete the single market and the digital single market" and the European Union trade deal with Canada.

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