Britain could be just a day a way from beginning Brexit talks, if the Article 50 bill clears the House of Commons on Monday.
According to The Telegraph, MPs are confident that the Prime Minister’s legislation, which serves as a plan for any country that wishes to exit the EU, will be permitted by both the Commons and the Lords this afternoon. Ministers are said to be urging May to “get on with Brexit” and trigger Article 50 “as soon as possible” to allow the negotiations to leave the EU to start as early as possible.
As the Prime Minister is due to give a statement in the Commons on last week’s summit of the European Council on Tuesday, this could be the perfect opportunity to make the announcement, which would come ahead of the end of March deadline she originally set. However, while May hopes to see the Bill pass unamended, a handful of Tory rebels are reportedly asking for confirmation that Parliament will have a significant role in determining the country’s future.
Recent comments from Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, haven’t helped to clarify the Article 50 rumours, either. “It will definitely be this week or next week or the week after,” he told The Guardian on Sunday.
Yet, in an attempt to make the process as smooth as possible, MPs are being urged to back the Brexit bill. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, Brexit secretary David Davis said: “Please don’t tie the Prime Minister’s hands in the process of doing that for things which we expect to attain anyway. What we can’t have is either House of Parliament reversing the decision of the British people.”