he British Parliament has passed a bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the European Union, CNN reports.

The House of Commons rejected changes to the bill on Monday and then sent it back to the upper chamber for them to vote again.The House of Lords voted not to insist on its original amendments giving protections to EU citizens in a post-Brexit Britain and calling for a "meaningful vote" on any divorce deal.

Instead the Lords passed the House of Commons' original proposals and the Queen will now sign the bill into law.

That clears the way for May to trigger Article 50, beginning the process by which Britain will give up its membership of the European Union.


Earlier Monday, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said she would lay the groundwork for a split from the United Kingdom as the British government prepared to press ahead with the formal process of leaving the European Union.

Sturgeon said it was clear the United Kingdom was heading for a "bad deal" on Brexit, and planned to seek the legal authority next week to hold a new independence referendum before Britain leaves the European Union.
May could begin the process of leaving the European Union as early as Tuesday. But Sturgeon's announcement on Monday and the looming Dutch elections on Wednesday could push the timetable back.

Speaking in Edinburgh, Sturgeon said she would ask the Scottish Parliament next week to grant her the power to call a new independence referendum.

Sturgeon said May had failed to engage with her call for Scotland to remain in the European single market after Brexit, and that Scotland risked being taken out of the European Union against its will.

 

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