Brexit Hold Up


Earlier this week the British Supreme Court ruled that the Prime Minister (Theresa May) doesn’t have the authority to invoke Article 50 which begins the process of leaving the European Union. This is after an ongoing row over the role that parliament should play in Brexit.

This may seem odd as one could claim that the parliamentary vote on the referendum was in itself a mandate to follow through with the results that have been shown. Regardless this may become a significant issue in the process of leaving the European Union as it will now require a vote by parliament.

The Conservative party which originally called for the referendum has a majority in the House of Commons which means that they could get this bill passed, assuming support from within the party. The issue however arises with the (unelected) House Of Lords.

The House Of Lords doesn’t have the ability to stop such a bill, however the issue arises with another power they possess. It is in their arsenal to delay a bill by up to a year, even if it has majority support in the House. This is something they have done in the past, for example with a bill that cut tax credits.

It is not far-fetched to assume they would use such veto power, the Liberal Democrats alone have 109 members in the House Of Lords, and they have made an election pledge to call for a second referendum. Such a hold up could be used to leverage the government and even be used to encourage the government to stick with things such as open-borders.

Theresa May has stated that we will appeal the decision by the Supreme Court and also made clear that she would stick to her deadline of triggering Article 50 in March of next year.

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