May tells Sturgeon not to play politics as BREXIT bill passes

Created on: 14th March 2017

At last after weeks of speculation, along with both the house of commons and the Lords, trying to derail what the people had decided, the BREXIT bill will go-ahead. This will give the Prime Minister to ability to trigger Article 50 by the end of this month. 

Theresa May has told MPs that Parliament's backing for the government's Brexit bill will be a "defining moment for our whole country" and that the timetable of triggering formal negotiations by the end of March remained on track.

The Prime Minister told the SNP - which has called for a second independence referendum - not to "play politics or create uncertainty or division".

Mrs May's statement to MPs on last week's European Council summit came after the EU withdrawal bill was backed by the House of Lords, clearing the way for it to receive Royal Assent and become law.

This gives her the power to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin formal negotiations, which is expected to happen at the end of March.

It also comes after Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted an independence referendum to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year. 

Katie Hopkins writing in the daily mail called her the Ginger Dwarf from the North! And said that this was her last desperate bid for any kind of relevance in a political landscape where things are changing fast and her voice is not being heard.

Sturgeon demanded Scotland remain in the EU single market even if the rest of the UK leaves (which would involve the devolution of nearly every policy area except defence and the macro-economy). No one listened to that, either.

Welcoming Parliament's backing for her Brexit bill, the PM told MPs: "This will be a defining moment for our whole country as we begin to forge the new relationship with Europe and a new role for ourselves in the world."

Posted by David Pilkington

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