As we mentioned earlier this week, the Government had anticipated the result of the appeal to the Supreme Court and had an enabling bill all ready to go.
It has now been published – brief and to the point. You can read it here although as there isn’t much of it, the salient paragraphs are set out below:-
A BILL TO
Confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.
BE IT ENACTED
by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
1 Power to notify withdrawal from the EU
(1) The Prime Minister may notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.
(2)This section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European
Communities Act 1972 or any other enactment.
2 Short title
This Act may be cited as the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act, 2017
We can but hope its passage through Parliament will be a smooth one, especially as a number of erstwhile Conservative Remain supporters have expressed their intention to support it and that several remain-supporting peers such as Lord Blunkett
have said that it would be inappropriate for the Upper Chamber to frustrate the will of the people. Furthermore, the appearance of this bill underlines Mrs May’s determination not to allow Brexit to be derailed by the remainiacs. For this we must be thankful.