Theresa May Could Trigger Article 50 on Tuesday

Theresa May Could Trigger Article 50 on Tuesday

These include ongoing disputes over the exit bill; uncertainty for United Kingdom citizens in the EU and European citizens resident in Britain; trading on WTO terms; a "regulatory gap" as Britain makes the transition from a system of EU rules to domestic ones; the sudden return of a customs border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. If that happens, Theresa May should be able to trigger Article 50 from 11.30am tomorrow once the Speaker John Bercow has been given the chance to announce the Bill has received the Queen's approval.

Britain's road to Brexit is set to pass a significant milestone on Monday with Parliament expected to finally grant the Prime Minister the legal right to trigger formal European Union exit negotiations.

The amendments related to assuring indefinite stay to European Union citizens already in Britain (including thousands of Goan origin), and committing to giving a "meaningful" vote on the final deal reached with Brussels on leaving the European Union, expected in mid-2019.

European leaders have said the exit tab could be €60 billon ($64 billion), in part to cover future spending EU commitments made before the United Kingdom voted to leave last June.

"Whilst it has been badged as a meaningful vote, the reality is there are some who would seek to use this to overturn the result of the referendum", he said. On the Andrew Marr Show, he said: 'Please don't tie the Prime Minister's hands in the process of doing that for things which we expect to attain anyway'.

Having written to Mr Tusk, she will inform Parliament in a statement to the House of Commons of her decision.

Ex-deputy prime minister Lord Heseltine, sacked from Government roles after voting against Mrs May in the Lords, admitted he would fall in line if MPs defeat the amendments, adding: 'The arguments for the supremacy of the Commons would be very powerful'.

The amendments were made to the Brexit Bill after being backed by an overwhelming majority of peers and Labour made a "direct appeal" on Friday for Theresa May to let them go ahead.

But the final showdown is likely to be rather low-key event: in the House of Commons only a handful of Conservative MPs appear to be gearing up to oppose the Government or abstain in the vote on the bill, which means it should leave the lower chamber unamended.

To begin proceedings for Britain to leave EU, May must invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.

It is thought the 27 other leaders will then hold an emergency summit in Brussels in early April where they will set out their key negotiating positions.

European Council President Donald Tusk said: "When the United Kingdom notifies, it is our goal to react with the draft negotiation guidelines for the 27 Member States to consider".

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