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Britain publishes legislation to approve Brexit trigger

Pro-Brexit demonstrators wave Union Jack flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament on November 23, 2016 in London, England.
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Pro-Brexit demonstrators wave Union Jack flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament on November 23, 2016 in London, England.

Britain on Thursday published the legislation it will use to seek parliamentary approval for triggering the Article 50 legal process for leaving the European Union.

The full text of the bill is here:

"A bill to confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the EU.

Be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Power to notify withdrawal from the EU (1) The Prime Minister may notify, under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the EU. (2) This section has effect despite any provision made by or under the European Communities Act 1972 or any other enactment."