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Britain Moves One Step Closer To EU Exit

15 Mar 2017


Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May, has been given the green light by UK parliament to move Brexit negotiations to the next level. Alongside these announcements, Nicola Sturgeon has requested another referendum for Scotland, suggesting that Scotland is being forced to leave the EU, without any real say in the matter.

England and Scotland have enjoyed a political union for over 300 years, but this could now come under question. During the UK Brexit, the majority of Scottish people voted to remain in the EU. As part of the UK, they would also leave the EU, unless Nicola Sturgeon wins the appeal for another referendum due to a change in circumstances. Theresa May was said to be dismayed by Sturgeon’s comments.

The announcement coincided with the passing of the European Union Bill in the House Of Lords and came as a shock to many politicians in Westminster.

The European Union Bill is issued as a notification of withdrawal from the EU. It had been approved by the House of Commons some weeks ago but challenged by the House of Lords who wanted additional amendments. These amendments included a clause that would allow all EU Citizens to remain in the UK, even after Britain leaves the EU. Furthermore, they wanted members of Parliament to be given a vote on the final Brexit package.

During these initial negotiations, the bill has been passed back and forward between the Commons and the Lords. And there is one particularly emotive issue which seems to be dominating all preliminary discussions, which is the concerns over the rights of EU citizens.

Whilst both officials in Britain and the EU have stated that residents should be allowed to stay in the country where they currently live, the lack of a concrete deal has left people feeling uneasy.

Brexit secretary David Davis,  suggested that it was a moral duty for the government to ensure that EU citizens residing in the UK were allowed to stay. Furthermore he requested that  British people living in other European countries would be granted the same courtesy.

Members of Parliament who oppose Brexit, raised concerns over the government’s reluctance to allow parliament to have a final vote on the Brexit agreement. Speaking for the Green Party, Caroline Lucas suggested that ministers should not just be given carte blanche when making their decisions.

By the end of March, Theresa May is expected to have triggered Article 50.

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