Parliament must now vote again as to whether the UK can begin the process to leave the EU.
This is due to a high court ruling stating that the government can no longer trigger Article 50 of the Libson treaty and begin the process of leaving the EU on it’s own. A statement is set to be made to MP’s on Monday. However, the prime minister’s official spokesperson stated the government had “no intention of letting” the judgement “derail Article 50 or the timetable we have set out.”
Nigel Farage however said he feared a “betrayal” from the 51.9% of voters that backed to leave the EU. He also voiced his concern of a “half Brexit.” The BBC’s assistant political editor Norman Smith stated though that if the court’s decision is not overturned, there could be potential delays of “months and months” of parliamentary hurdles.
It is not yet clear though as to whether there will be a “short, sharp” vote or whether parliament would have to consider complex legislation. Smith predicts though that most MP’s would more than likely vote for Article 50. This is because despite the majority supporting the backing the Remain campaign, Brexit was supported by the public in the referendum.
The prime minister stated she would activate Article 50 and formally inform the EU of the UK’s exit by the end of next March. Investment manager Gina Miller, who brought about the case, stated though that the government should make the “wise decision of not appealing.”
She continued: “the result today is about all of us. It’s not about me or my team. It’s about our United Kingdom and all our futures.”
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