>> And I will return to this House before the end of this month to notify when I have formally triggered article 50.>> Still on track for the end of March, Theresa May readying her finger on the Brexit trigger. With Queen Elizabeth expected to give her symbolic blessing in the coming days.
After a wrangle, the UK Prime Minister received Parliament's approval for her Brexit bill late on Monday. And many thought she would launch Article 50 this week. But a fresh call for Scotland's independence could be why she didn't, says Reuters' William James in Westminster.>> The government's not saying that Scotland's call for independence referendum is having any effect on its Brexit strategy.
But inevitably, behind closed doors, it adds another layer of complexity to what's already a very complex set of negotiations. Not only has May got to manage 27 other EU states. She's also got to manage this nationalist surge in Scotland. And this push for a new referendum there. It just makes life a lot more difficult for her.
>> May faced down resistance in Parliament, and hardly needed more rebellions.>> For us and->> Northern Irish nationalists demanding their own independence referendum the same day. As she gets ready to launch what could be Britain's most challenging negotiations since World War II, May is keeping a poker face.
But insists she's got a good hand to play.>> May has set up a list of very ambitious demands. She admits they're ambitious. If you listen to the British government, they've got a very strong hand. They're going into this as a position of being the major trading partner with the EU.
The EU relies of Britain for lots of things, it's not just one way traffic in the opposite direction. If you listen to the EU, then Britain has to kind of go cap in hand and say, look, please give us a good deal.>> Markets don't seem too sure, either.
Fears of a prolonged bout of jousting with Brussels and within the UK bringing the pound to an eight week low against the dollar.