Supreme Court Ruling: Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead
The Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process.
This ruling implies that Theresa May is barred from initiating talks with the EU without involving the MPs. However, she is expected to begin the withdrawal process by 31st March.
In addition, the court ruled that Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies have no say in the matter.
Brexit Secretary David Davis is expected to make a statement to MPs at 12:30 Tuesday.
Government opponents in the controversial ruling argued that it is undemocratic to deny the UK parliament a vote.
But the government responded saying it’s within its powers in triggering Article 50. It doesn’t need to consult MPs and peers to do so. Theresa May’s Brexit timeline begins by the end of March, as explained in her major Brexit speech.
Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said in the judgment that 8 justices voted for Parliament to have a say. Only three opposed. Therefore, “the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an act of Parliament authorising it to do so.”
While rejecting a request by Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly to have a say in the EU exit, Lord Neuberger said that how the UK relates with the EU is confined to the UK government.
This is a disappointing ruling but the government will have to comply. It will do all that is required to ensure it obeys the court’s decision, said Attorney General Jeremy Wright.