London, Mar 17: UK’s pro-Brexit government is yet another step closer to commencing the complex procedure for leaving the European Union after Queen Elizabeth gave her Royal Assent to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill here on Thursday.
The Bill was earlier passed in the Parliament on Monday by the Upper House after rigorous opposition and debate. With the assent of the Queen, the supreme most power in the UK, the British government is now all good to go with the Brexit formalities.
Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow announced amidst cheers of the MPs that the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill was given Royal Assent by the Queen, and has received its final sign off after a long and complex journey.
PM May asserts that she will trigger the process by the end of the month. She is holding off the triggering so as to prevent the clashing of an informal meeting of EU delegates to which she is, coincidentally, not invited.
The meeting will mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome, which established the European Economic Community, and in turn became the European Union.
Brexit Secretary David Davis said: “By the end of the month we will invoke Article 50, allowing us to start our negotiations to build a positive new partnership with our friends and neighbours in the European Union, as well as taking a step out into the world as a truly Global Britain.”
The actual withdrawal of United Kingdom from EU will take as long as two years since the invocation of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Now that PM May’s path is clear, the commencement of Brexit talks should not take long.