Downing Street has today revealed that they have taken the decision to delay the triggering of Article 50, which was due to happen this week, and was most likely scheduled for tomorrow [Tuesday].
It now looks as if Article 50 will not be triggered until next week at the very earliest. Whitehall civil servants were ordered to prepare for Article 50 to be triggered as soon as tomorrow [Tuesday], so it's clear that something has changed the Prime Minister's mind.
When a spokesperson for the government was asked what had changed the response was: “We have been clear. The Prime Minister will trigger Article 50 by the end of March."
The previous discussions had indicated that the Article 50 bill would be passed to the Commons on Monday night and would then receive royal ascent on Tuesday morning, giving the Prime Minister enough time to notify Brussels on the same day, however this has been squashed but Downing Street.
Downing Street spokesperson said: "I've said END many times but it wd seem I didn't put it in capital letters quite strongly enough."
It comes after SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to call for a second referendum on Scotland's independence.
The Scottish First Minister said on Monday morning that a second poll would give Scotland a choice between Ms May's Brexit deal and remaining in the EU as an independent country.
Responding to that statement, the Prime Minister said: "The tunnel vision that the SNP has shown today is deeply regrettable. It sets Scotland on a course for more uncertainty and division, creating huge uncertainty," the PM said.
"This is at a time when the Scottish people, the majority of the Scottish people, do not want a second independence referendum.
"Instead of playing politics with the future of our country the Scottish government should focus on delivering good government and public services for the people of Scotland. Politics is not a game."
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