Brexit: Supreme Court says Parliament must give Article 50 go-ahead

January 25, 2017

Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the Supreme Court has ruled.

The judgement means Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing – although this is expected to happen in time for the government’s 31 March deadline.

But the court ruled the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say.

Brexit Secretary David Davis promised a parliamentary bill “within days”.

Sources have told the BBC the bill – to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and get formal exit negotiations with the EU under way – will be introduced this Thursday, with an expectation that it could pass through the House of Commons in a fortnight.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Bob says:

    Seems “the will of the governed” means as little there in the courts as it does here. Hopefully, their representatives have more respect for the voice of the governed than ours does.

  • NM Leon says:

    Yeah, it’ll pass, if it didn’t there would be a slew of MPs thrown out of office.

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