The long-awaited European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has been published for public viewing.

The Bill sets out the intention for the Prime Minister to have the power to notify withdrawal under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.

It is interesting to note the timing of publication of this Bill.

The Supreme Court has very recently ruled that Parliament must give the green light before Article 50 can be triggered.

It appears to mean that Theresa May cannot begin discussions with the EU before the vote in Parliament. The Supreme Court also ruled devolved bodies, the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Irish Assemblies, would not be consulted.

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