Supreme Court Orders Parliament to Vote on Brexit Article 50

Supreme Court Orders Parliament to Vote on Brexit Article 50

Parliament has been told by the Supreme Court to vote on whether the United Kingdom government will be permitted to get the Brexit process underway by triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

Brexit Secretary David Davis “promised a parliamentary bill” in the coming days following the decision, according to BBC News, although the judgement does mean Prime Minister Theresa May cannot open discussions with the European Union until Parliament has given the green light.

It’s expected the bill to trigger Article 50—the stipulation by which the United Kingdom will officially begin the countdown on their exit from the EU—will be introduced on Thursday.

The Supreme Court released a statement detailing its ruling, in which president Lord Neuberger announced: “By a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court today rules that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an act of Parliament authorising it to do so.”

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