Short and sweet

”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.”


Clarity of expression is a thing of beauty.  Mess about with that, Bremainers!

  1. sheona
    January 26, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    And Corbyn is still deciding what to do about it. I had a feeling that Mrs May had something up her sleeve to be published as soon as the Supreme Court had pontificated. Nice and snappy.

  2. January 26, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    What could possibly go wrong? It’s pretty clear and as long as the Lords don’t oppose it, it should do the trick.

  3. January 27, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I think its simplicity will prevent the Lords sending it back for reworking. What’s to rework?? If they impose a veto, the consequences for themselves would be fatal.

    Sheona, I see that Corbyn has now imposed a three-line whip on voting for the bill. That leaves the SNPs, the Limpdims and the wet tories. Can’t see them doing much.

  4. Boadicea
    January 27, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Don’t hold your breath – Corbyn may have imposed a three-line whip but many of his ‘supporters’ are refusing to abide by it – and he wants to add a pile of amendments as does the Fish from the North…

  5. January 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

    OK, but what’s to amend?!

  6. January 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

    There isn’t much meat on this for our learned friends to get their teeth into.

    Would that all legislation was as simple.

  7. sheona
    January 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

    But that’s Corbyn’s decision today, Janus. How about tomorrow or next week? “He puts his left foot in, he pulls his left foot out …”

  8. February 2, 2017 at 6:59 am

    Job done. Tories united, Labour in disarray, LibDems irrelevant, SNP out of touch.

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