Saturday 21 October 2017

Mark Gilbert: Reality of Brexit will start to bite as May faces four key battles when she triggers process to leave EU

Last night, Mrs May’s government was defeated after the House of Lords said ministers must guarantee the right of EU nationals to remain in Britain after Brexit Photo: PA
Last night, Mrs May’s government was defeated after the House of Lords said ministers must guarantee the right of EU nationals to remain in Britain after Brexit Photo: PA

Mark Gilbert

March is likely to see at least four key Brexit battles, whose outcome will frame the next two years of negotiations as Britain and the remaining 27 EU members wrangle over their future relationship. Here's the rundown: The House of Lords

British Prime Minister Theresa May would undoubtedly prefer Brexit to be underway by March 25, when the remaining members of the bloc will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which started the process of European integration. Dissident lawmakers in the House of Lords, however, are working to attach amendments to the current withdrawal bill and that could drag on for long enough to threaten the timetable.

Michael Heseltine, a former deputy prime minister for the Conservative Party, wants an amendment that demands parliament gets a final vote on whatever deal is reached during the negotiations. Here's what Mr Heseltine had to say about the UK government's authority to quit the EU that derives from the June referendum:

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