12:18 PM, 3rd November 2016, About 5 years ago 10
The High Court has today ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU.
This means that the government alone without Parliament approval cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin formal negotiations with the EU.
Theresa May’s official spokeman said government had “no intention of letting the judgement derail Article 50 or the timetable we have set out. We are determined to continue with our plan”.
The government is appealing this decision and a hearing is likely to be in December.
Theresa May was relying on the democratic referendum and existing ministerial powers to not require a further vote by MPs, but campaigners who funded the case called this unconstitutional.
Gina Miller, who brought the case, said that government should not appeal and “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.”
Nigel Farage, UKIP leader, said “we are heading for a half Brexit. I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand. I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50. If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke.”
Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader, said “this ruling underlines the need for the government to bring its negotiating terms to Parliament without delay. Labour respects the decision of the British people to leave the European Union. But there must be transparency and accountability to parliament on the terms of Brexit.”
Tim Farron, Liberal Democrat leader, “ultimately, the British people voted for a departure, but not for a destination, which is why what really matters is allowing them to vote again on the final deal, giving them the chance to say no to an irresponsible hard Brexit that risks our economy and our jobs.”
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