Hello and hi. Yes, another Brexit post. You, are of course…welcome! Ok, let’s do this. Let’s get down with it. Let’s get jiggy with it. Let’s hop on the left foot and do the right thing. I think you get the point. So, this happened….
The Brexit bill has been published. Slowclap. My goodness, it is awfully short. I mean, I have written longer ‘thank you’ letters. Truth. The legislation actually paves the way for the government to start the Brexit process. This simply means that the bill allows the government to trigger Article 50 (the formal process for leaving the EU) and has been subsequently published, after the UK Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must have a say, before Brexit proceedings proceed. Confused? Same here. But, I think you get the idea.
The EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 will give our PM the power to take Britain out of the EU. You listening, Scotland? Yes, Nicola Sturgeon, I am speaking to you. Yup. Anyway, the bill contains just 2 clauses. Gasp. The first says:
“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.” And the second clause states, “this section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European Communities Act 1972 or any other enactment.” Real simple. Yes. Yes, it is.
David Davis, Brexit minister added/warned that the “point of no return” for Brexit had already been passed. Erm..ok. We get it, David. We do understand-just like we understand that ‘Brexit means Brexit’ which is no different from saying: a bar of soap is a bar of soap.’ It is what it is. Davis also added, “This does not change the fact that the UK will be leaving the European Union.”
The timetable has yet to be set for the debates and votes (although I could be wrong…sometimes I am) in the House of Commons and House of Lords-but Downing Street indicated that the debates and votes could happen as early as next week.
MP’s and peers are currently preparing to table loads of amendments to the government’s Brexit bill-in an attempt to water down the bill. Yikes. They are saying that the Labour Party might introduce 4 amendments, intended to help Britain avoid becoming a “bargain basement tax haven.” Hmm…doubt that that is ever going to happen. This is not the Caymen Islands. Indeed it is not.
In addition, the Labour party will also demand the Commons is granted a “meaningful” vote on the outcome of any deal with the EU. Yes of course that will happen. Labour needs to calm down, dear. For real.
In addition, The Scottish National Party (SNP) on Tuesday vowed to table 50 amendments to the bill. Lordy. Its demands include forcing the government to seek the consent of the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over triggering Article 50. Am pretty sure First Minster of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon is behind this. Great. Good. But come on Nicola, please honey child, you are making this Brexit process more painful that it needs to be. Please know that I would speak to Nicola with a bit more respect, in person (but the sentiment would be the same).
On Wednesday, our PM, Theresa May announced the government would also set its Brexit plans in a White Paper (a government policy document, which sets out proposals for future acts of Parliament). No date has been set for its publication. Let us hope that White Paper is longer than the Brexit Bill. Yup.