On 26 January 2017, the Government presented to the House of Commons, The European Union (Notification of Withdraw) Bill. The Bill was given its First Reading in the House of Commons.

First Reading stage is a formal stage and takes place without debate. MPs will debate the overall principles of the Bill at Second Reading on 31 January 2017 and 1 February 2017.  The Bill is provisionally scheduled to be considered in a Committee of the whole House on 6 to 8 February 2017. The Report Stage and Third Reading of the Bill are provisionally scheduled to take place on 8 February 2017.  After clearing the House of Commons the Bill will be passed to the House of Lords.

A BILL TO

Confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Power to notify withdraw from the EU

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.

This section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European Communities Act 1972 or any other enactment.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017.

View The European Union (Notification of Withdraw) Bill, 26 January 2017