It comes as an axis of Labour and Tory Remoaner MPs and peers along with Scottish Nationalists and the Lib Dems plan to try to block Article 50 and ignore the biggest democratic instruction ever given by the British people.
The debate on the bill follows the European Parliament’s chief negotiator Guy Verhofstadt confirming that a trade deal can be negotiated at the same time as exit talks and it can all be wrapped up in 15 months.
Brexiteer David Davis will urge MPs to respect the Brexit vote
Meanwhile, Theresa May chaired talks with the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish executives in Cardiff where SNP First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was again humiliated as her demands for a separate deal for Scotland were dismissed.
A frustrated Ms Sturgeon warned that “time is running out” to get a compromise deal between the UK and Scottish Governments.
The 137-word bill to trigger Brexit has been put before parliament because of last week’s Supreme Court ruling that legislation needs to be passed to confirm the historic Brexit vote on 23 June.
Labour, the Lib Dems and SNP have made it clear they want to block or delay the process and put down dozens of amendments to the bill.
Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal
Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
Even late yesterday a failed bid was made by SNP justice spokesman Joanna Cherry in the Commons to scupper the bill because she claimed it “contravened the Human Rights Act”.
Dismissing her appeal, Speaker John Bercow said her points “were a matter for the debate.”
Mr Davis will warn them today that last year’s referendum result and clear vote by the British people must be respected.
He is expected to say: “It is not a Bill about whether or not the UK should leave the EU, or how it should do so.
Guy Verhofstadt confirmed a trade deal can be negotiated alongside an exit deal
“It is simply about implementing a decision already made, a point of no return already passed.
"We asked the people of the UK if they wanted to leave the EU; they decided they did."
Speaking to an audience in central London yesterday, Mr Verhofstadt made a mockery of claims by Remoaners that trade talks cannot start until after the UK has left and that the whole process will take many years.
Instead he confirmed that talks can take place simultaneously and can be wrapped up in 15 months in time for the European Parliament elections.
Labour MPs and Tory Remoaners are trying to block Article 50
His comments also revealed that Brussels is split over Brexit talks as he contradicted the approach set out by European Commission chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, who has suggested a divorce deal must be reached before trade talks can begin.
A swift, clean Brexit will mean that Britain can start to benefit sooner from the vast opportunities leaving the EU brings
Richard Tice, leave Means Leave
Mr Verhofstadt said: "In the treaty, Article 50, we are saying a withdrawal can be agreed taking into consideration the future relationship.
"So you see it is a fantastic political text and it says it all – a withdrawal agreement in the light of the future relationship.
"That is literally in the treaty and that is what we need to apply."
REMOANERS: These people hate BREXIT!
Mon, January 16, 2017
Remainers are finding it hard to accept Brexit.
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Meanwhile Prime Minister Theresa May is busy with Scotland's bid for independence
On the timetable he added that “the real time frame for concluding the negotiation is around 15 months.”
His comments were welcomed by Leave campaigners.
Richard Tice, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave said: “Mr Verhofstadt is right – negotiations with the EU take place as quickly as possible.
“We hope that his new found commitment to reaching a deal quickly means that when negotiations begin, he will not try to delay the process.
Mr Davis will make it clear the referendum results were unanimous
“A swift, clean Brexit will mean that Britain can start to benefit sooner from the vast opportunities leaving the EU brings.”
Ahead of the debate Prime Minister Theresa May said: “It is a very simple decision, do they (MPs) support the will of the British people or not?"
She pointed that MPs voted six to one to give voters the right to decide Britain's future on the EU and that decision was “clearly made" on 23 June last year in the historic referendum.