Brexit decision won’t prevent UK from leaving EU
This decision won’t stop Brexit, but it may well delay it.
Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May had planned to trigger Article 50 (the mechanism by which a country begins the process of leaving the European Union) by the end of March.
That timeline was set out when Ms May thought she could use what’s called the “royal prerogative”, which allows a UK government to make certain decisions without a vote of the parliament.
The Supreme Court decision has killed off that strategy. Now the Government must take a bill to the Parliament and hope enough MPs vote in favour of it.
The big question now is, what will the Opposition do?
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says his party will not “frustrate the process for invoking Article 50”. But he has made it clear that the Opposition will also try to amend any bill. That could delay the process.
One of Labour’s key demands is likely to be that the Government should publish a white paper on its plans for Brexit.
The British Supreme Court has ruled the government must seek parliamentary approval before formally initiating the process to leave the European Union.
Tuesday’s decision, which affirms an earlier High Court ruling, is a setback for Prime Minister Theresa May, who intends to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to leave the bloc by the end of March this year.
The UK’s 11 most senior judges voted by eight to three to reject the government’s appeal against the earlier ruling.
In his statement, the presiding judge, Lord David Neuberger, said the act of parliament establishing the referendum to leave the EU did not say what should happen as a result.
“Any change in the law to give effect to the referendum must be made in the only way permitted by the UK constitution, namely by an act of parliament,” he said.
“To proceed otherwise will be a breach of settled constitutional principles stretching back many centuries.”
The ruling means May must put forward legislation to initiate Brexit to MPs for approval, a vote she would almost certainly succeed in passing as the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is expected to order his MPs to vote in support of it.
its a speed hump more than a roadblock..it will still happen..especially if labour vote for it obviously..
“This decision won’t stop Brexit, but it may well delay it.”