Parliament must vote on whether the UK govt can start Brexit process – UK Supreme Court rules

Parliament must vote on whether the UK govt can start Brexit process – UK Supreme Court rules

Parliament must vote on whether the UK govt can start Brexit process – UK Supreme Court rules

Written by Keshala Dias

24 Jan, 2017 | 4:48 pm

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the UK government can start the Brexit process.

The judgement means that the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 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.

Brexit Secretary David Davis will make a statement to MPs at 12:30 GMT.

What the case was about?

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. It wants to do this by the end of March.

Courtesy : BBC

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