The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has passed through the Lords without amendment and Theresa May now has the power to trigger Article 50. As a result Britain is poised to begin its departure from the European Union.
The House of Lords has an important role in scrutinising and improving draft legislation and thankfully the unelected Chamber didn’t seek to block the will of the elected Commons.
The Prime Minister’s speech on Brexit last week was the best I have heard by a British politician in recent memory. It was visionary about our place in the world yet robust and down to earth – a fine example of strong and well-judged strategic thinking.
As the Prime Minister put it, the referendum was ‘a vote to restore our parliamentary democracy, national self-determination and to become even more global and internationalist in action and spirit.’ For too long the EU has had a ‘vice-like’ grip on our sovereignty, trade and immigration.