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Seven Days: 27 January 2017

Seven Days: 27 January 2017

A very British Brexit

MPs will have a say on when the government can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, which will kick-start a two-year period for the UK to negotiate its exit terms. The landmark decision by the British Supreme Court saw eight of the 11 judges rule that Parliament had to be consulted before the article is triggered. Labour said it would not obstruct the Parliamentary bill that will now be needed, but there's scope for it and other parties to seek amendments to the bill. The devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not need to be consulted, removing one potential obstacle for Prime Minister Theresa May.

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