Theresa May accused of 'gagging' MPs as Article 50 bill unveiled

Brexit: MP fury as withdrawal bill to be rushed through the House of Commons

The Bill is expected to become an act by February 8

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Legislation to allow Theresa May to trigger Article 50 and kick-start negotiations with the EU is to be rushed through the House of Commons. 

The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill will undergo the first stage of the process next week.

Brexit Secretary David Davis said: "Today we have introduced a Bill in Parliament which will allow us to formally trigger Article 50 by the end of March. 

"I trust that Parliament will pass the legislation quickly."

But when they heard that the scrutiny stage, where amendments could be added, will only be allocated three days, MPs were furious. 

Former Cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw said: "Just three days to debate the detail of the most important issue facing this country in a generation, the repercussions of which will face generations to come, is totally unacceptable."

Chris Leslie MP said: "The Government still seem determined to gag parliamentarians as much as possible.

"It's unacceptable for ministers to railroad this law through Parliament without sufficient time for debate.

"It beggars belief that we'll have far less time to debate the legislation to take us out of the the EU than we did previous European treaties."

The Bill is expected to be finalised by Wednesday February 8.