On 13 March 2017, the UK’s Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, which paves the way for the government to trigger Article 50, so that the UK can leave the European Union. Members of the House of Lords backed down over issues of EU residency rights and a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal, after their objections were overturned by MPs.

When commenting on the news, the UK’s Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davies, said that “we will trigger Article 50 by the end of this month…and deliver an outcome that works in the interests of the whole of the UK”.