Bill allowing Brexit receives Royal assent
Mar 16, London: Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday gave the Royal Assent to the British government’s Notification of Withdrawal Bill from the EU, paving way for the official process to bring the UK out of the European Union to begin.
Now that the Queen signed the Bill into law after it was approved in the House of Commons and the House of Lords on Monday, PM Theresa May can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, initiating the two-year process of extracting the UK from the bloc.
May has signaled the bill will be triggered at the end of March in order to avoid overlaps with next week’s informal meeting between EU countries. The meeting will mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which saw the foundation of the European Economic Area, which in turn led to the European Union.
May, however, said she will not be attending the meeting on March 25.
The Oslo Times International News Network