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The Queen set to approve government’s Brexit bill first thing in the morning

The Queen is set to approve the government’s Brexit bill first thing tomorrow morning it has been revealed, giving the green light for Article 50 to be triggered.

Her Majesty will receive her ministerial red box with the bill ready to be granted royal assent at breakfast time.

It is possible there could be a slight delay to this timetable if the House of Lords reject the bill in the final stages on Monday evening.

Once The Queen has given royal assent, the Prime Minister can formally trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which formally starts the withdrawal process of leaving the European Union.

The lower house (the House of Commons) passed the government bill to trigger Article 50 earlier this month. The upper house (House of Lords) now need to approve the bill once more before it is sent to the monarch to sign.

The upper house reviews and amends bills from the lower house. This is in order to act as a check for the House of Commons.

The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in a referendum held in June by a 2% majority. The result of the referendum led to the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron, and Theresa May was coronated to the role a few weeks later.

Once Theresa May triggers Article 50, the UK will have two years to negotiate a deal with Europe, including trade, free movement of persons and countless other issues.

This means the country will formally leave the EU in 2019 – the same time as a proposed referendum on Scottish independence is due to take place.

Scotland as a whole voted to remain a member of the European Union in last year’s referendum. Mrs Sturgeon says that she wants the Scottish people to have a choice between ‘hard Brexit’ and independence.

Nicola Sturgeon says there is feeling in the European Union that Scotland would be “accepted and respected” if it was to become a sovereign state.