The House of Commons has given its first reading to a Bill introduced by Peter Bone, Member of Parliament for Wellingborough.
The Bill entitled ‘withdrawal from the European Union (Article 50) Bill’
The Bill requires the Government to give notice to the European Council by 31 March 2017 of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union.
The Bill will receive second reading without further debate on Friday 16 December 2016. This will happen unless any MP orally objects in the House of Commons on that day. The Bill would then proceed to committee.
Peter Bone Member of Parliament for Wellingborough says:
“The purpose of this Bill is to instruct the Government to invoke Article 50 no later than the 31 March 2017. This of course is in line with Government policy and also complies with the High Court’s decision.
It also has the advantage of happening quickly. On the 16th December 2016, under the Private Members Bill procedure, the second reading will be granted unless a member objects from the floor of the House.
As the British people have already voted decisively in a referendum for us to exit the European Union, I find it hard to believe that any colleague would object to it. If they did object to it they would go against the wishes of the British people and have to explain how they think their view is superior of that of the people.
If no one objects to the Bill, second reading will be granted and the Committee stage will happen shortly afterwards.
The advantage of this Bill is Parliament will be implementing the will of the British people and the Courts will not be able to intervene to stop it”.