The Article 50 process explained in 200 words

On 23 June 2016 people in England and Wales voted to leave the European Union. Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain.

Here’s the story so far.


The Brexit court case

Before the UK begins to leave the EU, Theresa May must inform the EU. This is the ‘Article 50 process’. Theresa May says this will happen in March.

The UK Government had to be forced by the Supreme Court to give the UK Parliament a vote before this process begins.

Article 50 Bill in Westminster

The UK Government introduced a Bill that would allow the Article 50 process to start.

It was railroaded through Westminster at breakneck speed.

SNP MPs have put forward a series of amendments that would respect Scotland’s remain vote and protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK. Westminster voted these down. Twice.

And, then the Article 50 Bill passed unamended with Labour’s support.



Making Scotland’s voice heard

The Scottish Parliament voted against the triggering of Article 50.
But the Tories and Labour still voted the Bill into law on 13 March 2016.

Scotland will now have a choice of whether to follow the UK to a hard Brexit or to become an independent country.

If you agree that Scotland’s voice must be heard, sign the pledge here today.