Supreme Court Rules For Parliament To Vote Before Brexit

By Christian Smith

Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled against the Prime Minister’s  Brexit plans.

Theresa May had  already rolled out plans to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty by the end of March of this year. But, Supreme Court judges who voted eight to three against the government, upholding a challenge launched by anti-Brexit campaigner, Gina Miller, ordered for Ms. May to seek the permission of MPs, before invoking Article 50 and starting a two-year countdown to Brexit.

Gina Miller

“The referendum is of great political significance, but the Act of Parliament authorising it did not say what would happen afterwards,” Lord David Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court who delivered the judgment.

Today’s ruling means any action taken now must be in keeping with the UK’s constitution.

“So 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.

“To proceed otherwise would be a breach of settled constitutional principles stretching back many centuries,” Lord Neuberger said.

Brexit Secretary, David Davis has promised to push ahead with the timetable for leaving the bloc despite the Supreme Court judgement.

To read the full ruling – https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0196-judgment.pdf

 

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