Brexit Bill approved, do not promise to protect EU citizens residing in UK
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 14-Mar-2017

Europe, March 14: On Monday night after the Brexit Bill was passed by the Britain’s parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May won sole rights to trigger Article 50 by end of the March which means the UK can leave the European Union.

The House of Commons approved the bill several weeks ago, but the House of Lords sought to amend it, inserting a promise that EU citizens living in the UK will be allowed to remain after Britain pulls out of the bloc. British MPs approved the Brexit bill but rejected the two amendments which were put forward by the House of Lords concerning the protection of EU citizens residing in Britain. The bill now will be sent to the Queen for symbolic approval and might become law today. The bill will pass into law when royal assent is announced in both Houses.

Earlier, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she will seek the authority to hold a new independence referendum in the next two years because Britain is dragging Scotland out of the European Union against its will. She said that “Scotland must not be taken down a path that we do not want to go down without a choice.”

The Prime Minister Theresa May could theoretically invoke Article 50, which formally starts the Brexit process, triggering two years of exit negotiations, by her deadline of March 31. She said that we are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation. We have a plan to build a Global Britain, and take advantage of its new place in the world by forging new trading links. So we will trigger Article 50 by the end of this month as planned and deliver an outcome that works in the interests of the whole of the UK.'

"Parliament has today backed the government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU," Brexit Secretary David Davis said. "We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.” Davis also said that guaranteeing a meaningful vote could hamper the government during its negotiations. He questioned the motives of those arguing for it, claiming that they wanted to reverse the referendum result. We take very seriously; I take very seriously our moral responsibility to all four million the United Kingdom and European Union citizens, Davis added.