British court rules Parliament must vote on Brexit

A High Court has ruled that Parliament must give permission (vote) for Britain to ext the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May had argued she had the authority to proceed without a parliamentary vote.

This has ruffled up the issue.

Guardian: Article 50 ruling leaves Theresa May facing potential MP revolt

Theresa May is heading for a rebellion over her Brexit strategy after the high court ruled that the UK could not leave the European union without the permission of the British parliament.

Three senior judges ruled on Thursday that the government could not press ahead with triggering article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, the formal process for beginning Brexit, without first consulting MPs and peers in the Commons and Lords.

The decision, made after a legal challenge brought following the EU referendum result in June, is a dramatic setback for the prime minister, who had argued that she had the personal authority to begin the process without a parliamentary vote on the issue.

Downing Street has said they will challenge the judgment and an appeal with the supreme court is expected to be lodged. But David Davis, the Brexit secretary, acknowledged that the ruling (pdf) as it stood meant the UK’s departure from the bloc would require the consent of both MPs and peers through an act of parliament.

May is determined to stick to her schedule: Brexit timetable still on track despite article 50 ruling, Theresa May to tell EU

Theresa May is expected to tell the president of the European commission that her timetable for Brexit is still on track despite Thursday’s ruling in the high court, although a leading Conservative peer has called for a delay.

The prime minister is due to telephone Jean-Claude Juncker to say she still plans to trigger article 50 by the end of March, notwithstanding the court ruling that parliament must vote on when the process can begin.

On Friday the Welsh assembly announced that it would seek permission to intervene in any government appeal against the ruling, further complicating the Brexit process.

The Westminster government has said it will challenge the judgment in an appeal expected next month, but some senior Tories have welcomed the ruling as a boost to parliamentary sovereignty.

More: Follow our live updates on the impact of the Brexit ruling

 

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6 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  5th November 2016

    The danger for the UK is that posturing in Parliament will create a law that so limits and defines what the Government can negotiate that it puts the UK at the mercy of the EU negotiators who will know their limits and needs from which they cannot walk away. The essence of successful negotiation is the ability to walk away from an unacceptable offer. That is exactly what a “hard Brexit” is and ruling it out will cripple UK negotiators.

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  2. Corky

     /  5th November 2016

    What?

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  3. MPs voting brexit down in parliament are asking for a thrashing at the polls and a surge in UKIP support. That would be a horror show for remainers.

    The people have spoken – brexit won. Move on and execute the peoples will…. but you just know that the elitest political establishment will try it on. Its a cynical delaying tactic trying to force another vote, and then another if necessary, until they get a result that suits their desires.

    Your typical working class Pom outside London has zero chance of a good job in Paris, Prague etc unlike your lawyer, doctor, business manager, academic etc. And they have a deeply ingrained patriotism, being intensely tribal – see the football support for a clue about how they express their pride in being English. So they are concerned about England, English culture, about jobs locally and about an English future for their kids.

    But their needs and concerns are treat with contempt by the cosmopolitan, educated and mobile elites. The elites have options, they are bored with local culture and want all the worlds colour on their doorstep. And they express your typical snobbery, I’m better than the hoi poloi contempt for opposing views as only an educated arse can do.

    Britain out of Europe is a good thing in my view. It preserves English and British culture, it neuters the socialist control freaks in Brussels and it allows Britain to pursue freer trade, to their benefit, which is an anathema to the French and their supporters in Europe….

    I really hope the MPs vote it through. They decided to let the people speak and decide the issue via referendum. Now they need to honour the democratically achieved result and take GB out of the EU

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    • Blazer

       /  5th November 2016

      onya Dave…a huge step forward…

      ‘But their needs and concerns are treat with contempt by the cosmopolitan, educated and mobile elites. The elites have options, they are bored with local culture and want all the worlds colour on their doorstep. And they express your typical snobbery, I’m better than the hoi poloi contempt for opposing views as only an educated arse can do.’

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  4. I support the idea that Parliament should confirm the will of the people by debating the issue and passing a motion that reflects the will of the people. If Parliament does not honour the plebiscite for Brexit, then HM The Queen should dismiss Parliament, and either appoint a new Prime Minister or call a new election

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