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"I must inform the house of Commons that, in accordance with the law of Royal approval from 1967, Her Majesty gave his Royal assent to the bill on the UK's exit from EU", - declared on Tuesday the speaker of the lower house of Parliament, John bercow.

British and European trade unions and business organisations have clubbed together in a rare joint call for "pace and urgency" in Brexit negotiations.

Vehicle giant BMW has also aired concerns over the future of the motoring industry post-Brexit.

A Downing Street spokesperson said that the premier had opened a Cabinet meeting this morning by marking this historic moment for our country and a significant step towards delivering on the will of the British people.

"Alongside this program of secondary legislation, departments are delivering on a further package of bills which will deliver the more significant policy changes needed as a result of our exit from the European Union".

This culminated in a series of defeats for the government in the House of Lords - but ministers secured the necessary agreement for the legislation to clear the Commons last week.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders says only 347 million pounds ($460 million) is being invested in new models and facilities during the first half of 2018 compared to 647 million pounds used that way during the same period the year before.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leaves the National Army Museum in London, Britain, March 16.

"Our message to government is that until it can demonstrate exactly how a new model for customs and trade with the European Union can replicate the benefits we now enjoy, don't change it".

Uncertainty is already having an impact.

Wednesday's statement was signed by the heads of BusinessEurope and the Confederation of British Industry and their counterparts at the European Trade Union Confederation and Britain's Trades Union Congress.

But BMW's United Kingdom boss Dr Ian Robertson insisted that the firm is "not considering" whether it would move investment out of Britain if the country leaves the customs union and the single market.

May is caught between the two factions.