U.K. Premier May Says Brexit Bill to Become Law in ‘Coming Days’By
Draft law was passed by Parliament and awaits royal assent
Queen Elizabeth II’s approval could come later on Tuesday
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said her Brexit bill will become law in the “coming days” and she is on track to trigger European Union divorce talks by the end of March.
After passing through Parliament, the draft legislation requires the approval of Queen Elizabeth II in a final step known as royal assent. That could come later on Tuesday and will likely be announced by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow in London.
In a statement to the House of Commons, May chose not to budge from her public line that she will take action by March 31, though government officials this week have been more specific and signaled she will make her move in the last week of the month.
The premier, who came to power on the heels of the June referendum, succeeded in getting the bill through Parliament unscathed despite the displeasure of some rank-and-file Conservatives over her refusal to guarantee Parliament a vote if she should fail to reach an agreement with the EU.
The 137-word bill gives May permission to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, the formal trigger for two years of Brexit negotiations.