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Brexit Bill goes through both houses

ITV News
The Government has won two key votes in the Lords – making Britain a step closer to Brexit. This means that Prime Minister Theresa May can formally trigger Article 50. The vote will allows Mrs May to start the firing gun on Brexit talks as early as Tuesday.  However, ITV News’ Political Editor Robert Peston said he did not think Mrs May would trigger Article 50 until the end of March. The House of Lords had made two amendments to the Bill. Firstly introducing a “meaningful” vote on the final deal with Brussels. This would have given the Lords and Commons the opportunity to accept or reject – in two separate votes- the final deal Mrs May negotiates with the EU prior to the UK’s departure from the bloc. The second amendment called to guarantee the rights of EU citizens living in the UK. But both were rejected by MPs and when the vote went back to peers they backed it.

BBC News
MPs have overwhelmingly voted to overturn amendments to the Brexit bill made by peers and send the landmark legislation back to the House of Lords. They rejected calls for the government to protect the status of EU nationals within three months of the start of Brexit talks by 335 votes to 287. They then dismissed calls for Parliament to have a meaningful vote on any Brexit deal by 331 to 286 votes. The EU Withdrawal Bill will be passed later if the Lords back down. Both Houses of Parliament have to agree the text of the bill before it can be sent for Royal Assent and become law. Prime Minister Theresa May could then theoretically trigger Article 50, which formally starts the Brexit process, as early as Tuesday. However, Downing Street sources have said this will not happen this week and the PM is expected to wait until the end of the month to officially notify the EU of the UK’s intention to leave.

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14 Comments on Brexit Bill goes through both houses

  1. Halleluiah! Perhaps the first bit of good news for Brexit since the morning of 24th June. The defeat of the two House of Lords amendments undoes at least some of the damage done by the Supreme Court decision in the Gina Miller case.

    Of course there are many pitfalls and obstacles ahead. A full and clear Brexit is still far from a done deal. UKIP and all supporters of Brexit will need to remain vigilant. We have many powerful enemies.

    But nevertheless it does now look like Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March. At last, 9 months after the Great Referendum Victory, the first tentative step will be taken by the UK government to what we hope will prove to be full independence from the EU. For this I am overjoyed. This battle for Brexit has been won. But I am under no illusion that there will not be many more before any final victory can be claimed.

  2. I completely agree. I think we may yet be stitched up. There is no good reason to have delayed triggering Article 50 yet again. Turmoil in Europe is a constant, and is only an excuse. I don’t trust May an inch.

    • Well, they’re trying to suggest it’s because of Sturgeon threatening another Scottish referendum. So what if she is? That’s no reason to teeter on the edge of the QMV deadline (see Flyer and Hugo’s earlier comments on this page) UNLESS May wants to – oops! – ‘unavoidably’ tip over it and make Brexit more difficult. We have to rely on Davis & Co to prevent that happening, but when all is said and done, they’re Tories … I hope Nigel has something to say on this topic.

      Sturgeon is like a small but intensely irritating stone in the UK’s shoe. Steps should be taken to overthrow her and the SNP by tying them in tricky constitutional knots and undermining their influence. Shake that shoe! The relief will be immense.

      Meanwhile, NOTHING wee Krankie says should delay our Brexit.

    • Dee,

      I agree; Article 50 negotiations will be like walking through a minefield. There will be no agreement from that process. “Out” needs to be taken at face value and Article 50 is not the way to respect our vote.

  3. Excellent!
    This never would have happened without Nigel and the few thousand active UKIP members. Astonishing what can be achieved with dedication and effort. And belief in this just cause. He really must be given some official recognition.

    What next for UKIP once Brexit is implemented? I feel that the job is only half done. Brexit is only a subset of a greater cause. It is a necessary step, though not the final step.

    The greater cause is this:
    >> We must have one law for everybody, and everybody subject to the same law. With laws made in our own parliament by our own elected representatives, and by nobody else. <<

    Otherwise it is impossible to have a cohesive society or ultimately democracy itself. The simple statement which I have highlighted above should be the new UKIP mission statement. It is straightforward, easy to grasp, easy to remember. And it is true. "by nobody else" includes Brussels. It also includes removal of Sharia Law from the UK, the very existence of which is the thin end of a wedge which is designed to undermine the very foundation of democracy itself. Undoing the serious errors made by Blair and Cameron is a vitally important task for UKIP now.

    Can the party please adopt my suggested mission statement? It will give a focus for our efforts going forward, and hopefully focus the minds of those who are in-fighting.

    • The real task ahead is to “drain the swamp”. There are too many people in positions of authority/establishment who have been working against the interests of Britain. This 5th column is made up of intentional and unintentional actors. Brexit has shone a light into our institutions and politics to reveal just how bad things are and how close we came to EU liberal fascism. The architects of our current position have to be removed or we will never achieve a “common sense” decent Britain.

  4. It would be good if reasons were given for delay, delay and yet more delay. What has happened today is good, but the longer it is all spun out, the more time there is for the enemies of democracy to plot, plan and try to throw spanners in the works. Plus, it raises suspicions among Leavers that the Tories are dragging their feet for some nefarious reason, such as the Remainers still in the Cabinet are causing problems. Time for a reshuffle and more Remainers consigned to the back benches.

    • Panmelia,
      What was the reason for the first delay? I can think of none from a true Brexiteer.

    • Big big night though we’ve waited for long enough! Article 50 will now certainly be served. That won’t be stopped. Take it from there and worry about the next stage – the terms. Fishing?? Hmm.

    • Very good point Panmelia. What not many people know, although it has been mentioned in a few not so well known places, is that after March 31st, article 50 becomes subject to a ‘Qualified Majority Vote.’

      We would have to persuade fourteen other EU states to support our decision to leave, not very likely in view of our financial contributions, it wouldn’t be in their interests. Brexit won’t happen.

      This blog outlines possible scenarios, although it was written sometime ago. The fact is, one more tiny delay and Theresa May has us in the EU forever and she can claim it wasn’t her fault.

      UKIP should be shouting this from the rooftops, we’re on to her little plan.

      Brexit is far from in the bag, we’re being stitched up even at this late stage. Make a noise now before it’s too late!

      • Flyer, I have been trying to raise awareness of the QMV date, but have got nowhere with waking people up to the danger.

        Why is this not being trumpeted by UKIP? Rather than wasting effort on in-fighting and recriminations?

        • Because the UKIP of today is totally unfit for purpose. A clear out is necessary and should be possible through concerted action by the members.

      • Michael Shrimpton commented on his last article – after I asked about that – saying the A50 position remains unchanged from March on.

  5. We have suffered the 8/9 month delay, now we will have to endure a mini delay the lab/lib/con coalition grip is reluctantly loosening.

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