The introduction of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill today begins the legislative process of the UK’s exit from the European Union. It follows this week’s Supreme Court decision that put the triggering of Article 50 in the hands of Parliament, the Law Society of England and Wales said.

“We welcome this live example of the rule of law in action - after a ruling by our independent judiciary, we will now see legislation scrutinised by our elected Parliament, which will then give clear lawful authority to the UK Government,” said Law Society president Robert Bourns.

 “We will closely follow the scrutiny by parliament of this bill, and continue our work engaging with MPs and peers on all sides and with government, to ensure that the eventual terms of our exit from the European Union best protect our strong and vibrant legal services sector and the rights of all our citizens,” said Robert Bourns.