Brexit bill: two more shadow cabinet members resign

After the bill fully clears parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May can trigger Article 50 and begin formal negotiations with the EU.Some 34% of those surveyed said the United Kingdom should leave the European Union without a deal; 51% said the Government should continue negotiations with Brussels to seek a deal that Parliament can accept; and a further 15% said they did not know.Ministers were forced to draw up the legislation after the Supreme Court ruled that Parliament’s approval was needed before the Brexit process can begin. It was also opposed by SNP, Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru MPs and the solitary Green, Caroline Lucas, who denounced the result as a “body blow in fight against extreme Brexit”.Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn cited the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees, saying, “President Trump has breached that convention; why didn’t she [Theresa May] speak out?”The pound, which has traded largely inversely to the government’s “hard Brexit” ambitions, was marked 0.3% lower against the US dollar at 1.2447 by 09:45 GMT while the benchmark FTSE 100 gained 0.7% 7,158 points.Tomorrow, the Prime Minister will publish a white paper setting out her Brexit negotiating plans in further detail.The bill could be delayed in the upper House of Lords, where May’s Conservative Party does not have a majority – and where the unelected peers have no fear of a public backlash.The Government wants this to start before the end of March.The government ultimately hopes to have it passed by March 7, well in advance of their self-imposed deadline for triggering Article 50 or March 31.She tweeted: “Been an honour to serve n shadow cabinet doing a job I love.Can’t let down future generations voting against poor excuse of a Bill #Brexit”.Theresa May is due to trigger Article 50 by the end of March and then the Prime Minister will begin official Brexit negotiations with European Union officials.Brexit Secretary David Davis said legislators had to answer a simple question: “Do we trust the people or not?”Most MPs campaigned to stay in the European Union ahead of last June’s referendum, but as debate on the bill began Tuesday, many said they would accept the result, however reluctantly.Earlier, MPs rejected an attempt to throw out the bill, proposed by pro-EU Scottish nationalists.Fellow MP Anna Soubry, who like Osborne has warned of the risks of leaving Europe’s single market, said it was a “great folly” but agreed to back the bill.”We do not want to give the sense that people having voted for Brexit because they felt ignored, are being ignored once again”, he said.In her Lancaster House speech, which forms the basis for the white paper, the PM said: “This Government has a plan for Britain – one that gets us the right deal overseas but also ensures we get a better deal for ordinary working people at home”.