Concurrent with the Supreme Court ruling that insisted on the government needing parliament’s consent before triggering Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, Brexit Minister, David Davis, has presented the bill to parliament, AFP reports.
The bill, which triggered a debate, is to empower the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50, which opens two years of negotiations on leaving the bloc.
The Prime Minister’s Conservative Party’s large presence in the lower House of Commons all but assures the passage of the bill. It could, however, be delayed in the upper House of Lords where the Party does not have a majority.
British MPs on Tuesday took a key step towards leaving the European Union, launching a debate on a bill that would empower Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Brexit.
Though a majority of the MPs do not agree with Brexit, the government is urging them to answer to the wish of the people who voted in the referendum to end the country’s membership of the EU.
“I hope that when people come to look at the Article 50 bill, they will recognise it is a very simple decision: do they support the will of the British people or not?” Prime Minister May told reporters on Monday.
According to AFP, May is under intense pressure to push the bill through quickly, having promised EU leaders that she will trigger Article 50 by the end of March.