THE Supreme Court in England has ruled that the British Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process.
The judgement means Tory Prime Minister Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing – although this is expected to happen in time for the government’s 31 March deadline.
But the court ruled the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say.
The British government will make a statement to MPs later on Tuesday.
During the Supreme Court hearing, campaigners argued that denying the UK Parliament a vote was undemocratic.
But the government said it already had the powers to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – getting talks under way – without the need for consulting MPs and peers.
The judges rejected the case put by ministers by a majority of eight to three.
Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the government was “disappointed” but would “comply” and do “all that is necessary” to implement the court’s judgement.Tags: