The High Court Puts Breaks on Brexit

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The High Court has ruled that the government cannot trigger Article 50 and the British Parliament must instead pass it. The House of Commons must vote on the decision to activate Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty, thus leading the way for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Following the outcome on 23rd of June 2016, which resulted in 51.89% of those permitted to vote deciding to leave over 48.11% who voted to remain, the United Kingdom entered the process of leaving the EU.

On Monday 7th of November, MPs in the House of Commons will hear a statement from the Prime Minister and then vote on whether to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn recommended the government “to bring its negotiating terms to Parliament without delay”, while UKIP interim leader Nigel Farage said that he ‘feared’ a ‘betrayal’ of the 51.89% of leave voters.

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, had said that she intended to activate Article 50, formally declaring the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, by the end of March 2017.

Article 50 is the legal process concerning a country’s departure from the European Union, classed under the Lisbon treaty. When a country decides to leave the EU, it is automatically excluded from discussion and debate regarding its intended departure, even though the country in question is still a member of the EU for the foreseeable future and retains its role in EU business until its formal departure at the end of the process started by Article 50.

 

David Aston

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