If you haven’t heard, where have you been hiding? The High Court ruled this morning that the Government does not have the right to kick-start Britain’s exit from the European Union by triggering Article 50 without Parliament’s consent.
The Lord Chief Justice said that ‘the government does not have the power under the Crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50 for the UK to withdraw from the European Union’. The case looks set to leap-frog the appeal system to the Supreme Court (probably the last port of call – an appeal to the European Court an unlikely, ironic twist).
Meanwhile, MPs are heralding the opportunity to scrutinise Operation Brexit. And some commentators are salivating at the prospect it could yet be stopped. Lord Kerr, a contributing to the drafting of Article 50, says “It is not irrevocable – you can change your mind…” Almost sounds like a famous Buzz Fizz lyric (of the Eurovision winning variety)…
Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled. This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - beginning formal exit negotiations with the EU - on its own. Theresa May says the referendum - and existing ministerial powers - mean MPs do not need to vote, but campaigners called this unconstitutional. The government is appealing, with a further hearing expected next month.