The British Supreme Court ruled today that the government does not have the authority to pull out of the EU without the parliament’s approval. The government will now need to submit a new Brexit proposal to the lawmakers, who might not approve the process.
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The British Supreme Court ruled today (Tuesday) that the parliament, not the government, has the authority to trigger Article 50 and leave the EU.
The court rejected the government’s appeal, which sought to advance the process without the lawmakers’ permission. The court ruled by a majority of 8 to 3 to reject the appeal.
In accordance with the court’s ruling, British Prime Minister Theresa May will need to submit a proposal about Brexit to the parliament. Lawmakers will then have to vote again regarding the issue. In theory, the parliament can cancel the Brexit process or change the proposal. One conservative MP already announced that he intends to vote against triggering Article 50 and that he is not the only one.
The court ruling puts a tremendous amount of pressure on May as the Labour Party already announced that it will demand changes in the law regarding Article 50 in order to ensure that the government will not take advantage of the split from the EU.
Liberal Democrat MPs said that they plan to vote against Article 50 if there is not a guarantee that the final deal will be put to a referendum vote.