On Monday 13th March, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill completed its passage through the Houses of Parliament, clearing the way for Theresa May to trigger Article 50 to begin the UK’s exit from the EU.
After challenges in the High Court and Supreme Court, the House of Commons was far less resistant than the Government had feared with the vast majority of Members respecting the result of the Referendum and voting to allow the Government to proceed. The narrow scope of the Bill meant that the House of Lords accepted that its scrutiny role did not extend to blocking the Bill.
The MP for North West Hampshire, Kit Malthouse, having campaigned to Leave, had urged calm throughout the process, remaining confident that Parliament would pass the Bill. British judges making decisions on British law in British courts and having Parliament as the ultimate decider was what Brexiteers had campaigned for. Kit welcomed the process as evidence that British democracy was still alive and well as the UK exited the EU.
Kit said: “A new chapter in our history begins today. By getting out of the EU and into the world the UK can regain confidence and control of its own destiny. We’re going to be competing on a global level and will emerge from this process a more dynamic and prosperous country.”