BritExit: British MP’s vote that Article 50 should be triggered by End-March 2017 and Demand BritExit Plan
On 07 December 2016, British Members of Parliament took their country one step closer to BritExit by voting that the British Government, led by Theresa May, should trigger Article 50 by the end of March 2017. An overwhelming majority of MP’s supported the symbolic vote given that the vote is not legally binding on the British Government. The vote is the first time that the British parliament has backed Theresa May’s timetable to leave the EU.
Thus, if the envisaged exit-procedure of two-years is not extended and/or the UK Supreme Court does not ask the ECJ for a legal interpretation of Article 50, the United Kingdom could formally leave the EU by March 2019.
However, both Labour and Conservative MP’s also demanded that before Article 50 is invoked, the British Government publish a Brit Exit plan.
Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow BritExit-Secretary, set out five conditions for the government’s BritExit plan. Mr. Starmer stated that, unless the government would win the ongoing UK Supreme Court appeal, an amended Article 50 bill would be required.
If the Government did not fulfill the five conditions, Labour would attempt to impose the conditions onto the bill. This could complicate the attempts of the British Government to invoke Article 50 without the approval of the British parliament. Given that Conservative MP’s agree on the five conditions, essentially favoring a soft BritExit, this might place more pressure on Theresa May to meet the demands of parliament.