Queen Elizabeth II gives her royal assent to begin Brexit Thursday March 16,2017
Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal assent on Thursday March 16,2017 to a Bill empowering British Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty and begin the process of leaving the European Union.
Ms. May said that she will send a letter to the European Council informing them of Britain's decision to leave the bloc by the end of March, following a majority vote for Brexit in last year's referendum.
The House of Commons speaker John Bercow announced the final go-ahead in the parliamentary chamber, prompting cheers from ruling Conservative Party MPs. “Her Majesty has signified her royal assent,” he said.
The Queen's approval on the Bill allows Ms.May to invoke Article 50 at any time, starting a process that will take a maximum of two years unless Britain and its EU partners agree to extend the deadline.