Brexit Bill Published - UK To Leave Euratom

Author:Mr Éanna Mellett

The UK Government has published its "Brexit Bill" to allow the Prime Minister to trigger Article 50. The Bill gives the Prime Minister power to notify the EU of the UK's decision to withdraw from the EU. Full text of the Bill can be found here.

The Bill became necessary following the UK Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday that the UK Government could not trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval. The Supreme Court did eliminate the possibility of the Bill being slowed by the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by ruling that those bodies do not have the right to veto the triggering of Article 50. Had the Supreme Court ruled that the devolved governments had a veto, there would have been little chance of the Prime Minister's target of a March notification being met. The UK Government has provided for the Bill to be fast-tracked through both houses of parliament. Amendments are likely although given the...

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