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Brexit: parliament finally takes centre stage

The Commons has voted on Article 50 and the government has published a Brexit White Paper. Nicholas Wright explains what both things mean

By Nicholas Wright  

Brexit Secretary David Davis ©Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The beginning of 2017 has seen a sudden flurry of activity on Brexit. The prime minister’s long-awaited Lancaster House speech in January offered some detail to develop her much-repeated mantra that “Brexit means Brexit.” This week, meanwhile, Westminster has finally taken centre-stage.

This is the direct consequence of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling, which made clear that the government could not rely on so-called royal prerogative powers to trigger Article 50: it has been forced to seek formal parliamentary approval to…

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