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HRH Queen Elizabeth II had her hands full today alongside her provision of ‘Royal Ascent’ which clears the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Shortly after the news of the Queen’s ‘Royal Assent’ for Article 50, the operational codeword including the management plans for the aftermath of HRH death were also revealed. In a report by The Guardian, the code words used to announce the passing of Queen Elizabeth II will be “London Bridge is down.”
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Queen Elizabeth II has given Royal Assent to the government’s European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, clearing the way for Prime Minister Theresa May to start the official process to bring the UK out of the European Union.
The Queen signed the Bill into law after it was approved in the House of Commons and the House of Lords on Monday.
The Royal Assent was presented to both Houses by their speakers and is now an Act of Parliament.
The PM can now decide for herself when to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, initiating the two-year process of extracting the UK from the bloc.
House of Commons speaker John Bercow told MPs: “I have to notify the House, in accordance with the Royal Assent 1967, that her majesty has signified her royal assent to the following acts: Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Act 2017, European Union (Notification of withdrawal) Act 2017.”
Although there was speculation the bill would be triggered as soon as this week, the Brexit Secretary David Davis said it will only be invoked at the end of the month.
“The Queen has today given royal assent to the article 50 bill, giving the government the formal power to trigger article 50 and deliver on the will of the British people,” Davis said.
“By the end of the month we will invoke article 50, allowing us to start our negotiations to build a positive new partnership with our friends and neighbours in the European Union, as well as taking a step out into the world as a truly global Britain…”
‘London Bridge is down’: Operational codeword for the Queen’s death leaked
Extensive plans for managing the immediate aftermath of the death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch have been revealed.
When George VI passed away, the news was delivered with the words “Hyde Park Corner.”
According to the Guardian, the code words used to announce the passing of Queen Elizabeth II will be “London Bridge is down.”
Sir Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s private secretary and a former diplomat who was given a second knighthood in 2014, will be the first official to deliver the news of her death.
The prime minister will be awoken, if they are not already up, by civil servants who will say “London Bridge is down,” a codeword aimed at keeping switchboards at Buckingham Palace from learning the news.
The Foreign Office Global Response Centre, which is based at an undisclosed address in London, will deliver the news to 15 governments outside the UK where the Queen is head of state, as well as the 35 Commonwealth states where the monarch has been a symbolic leader since 1945, the newspaper reports.
While the BBC has been the first to break the news of royal deaths since the 1930s, the news will on this occasion be delivered as a newsflash to the Press Association, and the global media thereafter.
The death of Queen, who has reigned for more than 63 years, will be reported to the public much faster than it took to announce the death of George VI. The King was found dead at 7:30am on February 6, 1952, but the BBC did not announce his passing until 11:15am.
The news of the Queen’s death will dominate the headlines for days and months, with news organisations already stacking up stories to run in the aftermath...
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