Supreme Court Ruling Requires Parliamentary Approval For Brexit


After a several month legal battle, the supreme court of the United Kingdom has ruled that the prime minister, Theresa May, requires a parliamentary vote to invoke Article 50, to take the UK out of the European Union.

In a press release by the supreme court. it was stated that.

‘The claimants submit that, owing to the well-established rule that prerogative powers may not extend to acts which result in a change to UK domestic law, and withdrawal from the EU Treaties would change domestic law, the Government cannot serve a Notice unless first authorised to do so by an Act of Parliament’

In essence, leaving the EU would change UK law due to the interconnection of EU law with the legal system in the UK. It is taken that only parliament has authority over the laws of the country and therefore only they can authorise the triggering of Article 50.

This means that a majority vote in the House Of Commons will be required for Article 50 to be triggered. It is expected that such a vote would be passed, with both the Conservative Party and the Labour Party agreeing to a whip on such a bill.

The government spokesman released a statement saying.

‘It’s important to remember that Parliament backed the referendum by a margin of 6 to 1 and has already indicated its support for getting on with the process of exit to the timetable we have set out’

Which again solidifies the belief, by the Conservative government that such a bill will be supported.



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