After Lords victory, Theresa May can now trigger Article 50. It is now ready for Royal assent


Royal assent is now needed to make it an Act

Parliament has voted to pass the government’s bill which allows the Theresa May to start the formal Brexit process without amendments.

  • Brexit bill passes House of Lords and House of Commons without protection for EU nationals or guarantee of meaningful parliamentary vote on final deal
  • Theresa May now trigger Article 50 – Most likely in the final week of March
  • Nicola Sturgeon to seek approval for a second Scottish independence referendum 
  • Her Majesty the Queen is expected to give Royal consent today

Secretary of State, David Davis statement as follows:


Brexit Secretary David Davis said after the vote: “Parliament has today backed the Government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU and negotiating a positive new partnership with its remaining member states.

“We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.”

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader said: it was “deeply disappointing” the Government had refused to give ground but it was “only the start of the process.”

“Labour, at every stage, will challenge the Government’s plans for a bargain basement Brexit with Labour’s alternative of a Brexit that puts jobs, living standards and rights first,” Mr Corbyn said.”

However, the NATO secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg has told Sky News that Scotland would no longer be a member of NATO if it voted to leave the UK.