The Queen will sign the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill today, giving it Royal Assent in the final stage of the legislation’s procession. Her signature will turn the Brexit Bill into an official law.
MPs and peers passed the short bill on Monday without any amendments despite a House of Lords rebellion the previous week.
Following the bill’s passage, the government released a statement saying: “Parliament has today backed the Government in its determination to get on with the job of leaving the EU and negotiating a positive new partnership with its remaining member states.
“We are now on the threshold of the most important negotiation for our country in a generation.
“We have a plan to build a Global Britain, and take advantage of its new place in the world by forging new trading links.
“So we will trigger Article 50 by the end of this month as planned and deliver an outcome that works in the interests of the whole of the UK.”
After Queen Elizabeth signs the bill on Thursday, Theresa May will have the complete authority to trigger Article 50 and begin negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
But even after receiving permission from parliament, the government has said it will wait until the final week of March to begin divorce proceedings, hoping to avoid clashing with a major European summit for the 60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome – the origins of the EU.
Theresa May will address the House of Commons before triggering the article in what will be a historic day for Britain and the European Union.