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UK Parliament passes Brexit bill

15 March 2017

Addressing MPs yesterday, Mrs May said the Bill could now receive formal assent from Queen Elizabeth II "in the coming days" - a process that would leave the Prime Minister free to start Brexit.

May could begin the process as early as Tuesday, but it's expected to be postponed until the end of the month to avoid a clash with Dutch elections on Wednesday.

"That's why we have been working closely with the devolved administrations, including the Scottish government - listening to their proposals and recognizing the many areas of common ground, such as protecting workers rights and our security from crime and terrorism", May said. They also dismissed calls for parliament to have a meaningful vote on any Brexit deal by 331 to 286 votes.

Their leader Sturgeon has formally called for a second Scottish independence vote between the Autumn of 2018 and Spring 2019 with a call for an independent Scotland within the EU.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier is reported to take a position that the Brexit divorce deal would have to be finalised before any future arrangements are negotiated.

Speaking after legislation authorising her to trigger Article 50 cleared Parliament, the Prime Minister insisted that the move would enable Britain to become "strong, self-governing" force on the world stage.

Brexit minister David Davis said it was in "everybody's interests that we get a good outcome", but said the government was "planning for the contingency, all the various outcomes".

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But Nigel Farage, the man who helped secure Brexit, has said the United Kingdom must move in order to make it politically impossible for the European Parliament to even think about blocking any future deal.

On Sunday, Brexit secretary David Davis urged MPs to overturn the amendments on Monday and sought to reassure Conservative rebels and others by saying that the issue of European Union citizens' future after Bexit will be "the first thing" on the agenda when talks begin.

Sinn Fein has been regularly calling for a vote for Northern Ireland to leave the United Kingdom and unite with the Republic of Ireland since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June while most voters in Northern Ireland voted to remain.

It is now likely to take place after the EU-27 get together in Rome on 25 March for the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome 60 years ago, one of the key building blocks of European integration.

Issues such as the sudden return of a customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a gap in regulations and confusion about the future of United Kingdom citizens in the European Union and vice versa were among the consequences of a "no deal" situation highlighted by the committee.

"Making an equivalent mistake would constitute a serious dereliction of duty by the present administration", they said in the report.

The Prime Minister has repeatedly said she would rather walk away without a settlement than agree to a "bad deal".