Theresa May says Parliament must approve Brexit
Days after the UK High court’s rule over Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the Parliament should accept the referendum to leave the European Union.
Throwing the Brexit process into uncertainty, the Court has recently ruled that the Briton’s exit won’t be possible without parliament approval.
But the prime minister said the government need to get on with delivering Brexit and the MPs should accept that referendum was legitimate, media reports said.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, May said that she is confident of overturning the court ruling that will delay the process.
She wrote: “The people made their choice, and did so decisively. It is the responsibility of the government to get on with the job and to carry out their instruction in full.”
Nearly 52 percent of voters in the country had approved the decision to leave EU in a June referendum. But the court order stated that the parliament must vote on whether the country can start the process of leaving the EU.
“We hold that the secretary of state does not have power under the crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50… for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union,” the judgement said.
With this order, Theresa May’s government does not have the authority to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin the formal exit negotiations with the EU. May had earlier said the country is set to trigger Article 50 to leave the European Union by the end of March 2017.
As invoking Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty will offer Britain a two-year period of time to reframe its relationships with EU, the UK was expected to leave the EU by spring 2019.