The shortest suicide note in history
The Bill gives Prime Minister Theresa May the authorisation to trigger Article 50, starting the two-year negotiation period for Britain to leave the 28-nation bloc.
The Bill, called the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017, contains just two clauses. The first part states:
- "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."
The second clause adds:
- "this section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European Communities Act 1972 or any other enactment."