Theresa May Re­ceives Par­lia­ment Ap­proval to Be­gin Brexit Process

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Lon­don: Leg­is­la­tion em­pow­er­ing Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to start Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions moves to Bri­tain’s House of Lords on Thurs­day — with min­is­ters urg­ing peers to do their “pa­tri­otic duty” and back it. MPs in par­lia­ment’s lower cham­ber, the House of Com­mons, over­whelm­ingly backed the bill late Wed­nes­day to al­low May to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU’s Lis­bon Treaty, which she has promised to do by the end of March. Down­ing Street played down a warn­ing by an un­named gov­ern­ment source that the un­elected sec­ond cham­ber could face abo­li­tion i f it stands in the way of Bri­tain’s exit from the Euro­pean Union.

But Brexit min­is­ter David Davis told Sky News: “I ex­pect it to do its job and to do its pa­tri­otic duty and ac­tu­ally give us the right to go on and ne­go­ti­ate that new re­la­tion­ship (with the EU).”

The source had ear­lier told jour­nal­ists that the Lords, which many be­lieve has long been ripe for re­form, “will face an over­whelm­ing pub­lic call to be abol­ished if they now try and frus­trate this bill”. May’s Con­ser­va­tive party does not have a ma­jor­ity in the House of Lords, rais­ing the pos­si­bil­ity that peers may seek to block Brexit. How­ever, the op­po­si­tion Labour leader in the cham­ber, Baroness An­gela Smith, said in Oc­to­ber that she would not be ob­struc­tive.

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