The High Court in UK has ruled that the British Government does not have power to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval and a vote from MPs.
The Lord Chief Justice has ruled that the government’s arguments are “contrary to fundamental constitutional principles of the sovereignty of parliament”.
Adding: “The court does not accept the argument put forward by the government. There is nothing in the text of the 1972 Act to support it.”
Prime Minister Theresa May announced last month that she intends to trigger Article 50 by the end of March next year.
What does the ruling mean?
MPs will have to be given a vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU. This means the Government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – beginning formal discussions with the EU – on its own
Gina Miller, the anti-Brexit campaigner who is leading the campaign against the government, has been accused by the Attorney General of attempting to subvert the democratic will of the British people.
Campaigners have won their battle over Theresa May’s decision to use the royal prerogative in her Brexit strategy to start the process of leaving the European Union.
The government have said they will appeal the decision in the Supreme Court. A spokesperson confirmed: “We will appeal this judgment.”
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