PM must get parliament approval to trigger Brexit: UK Supreme Court

�The referendum is of great political significance, but the Act of Parliament which established it did not say what should happen as a result,� said SC

PM must get parliament approval to trigger Brexit: UK Supreme Court

Pulling the trigger for Prime Minister Theresa May, UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that PM must get parliament’s approval before she begins Britain’s formal exit from the European Union.

The Court dismissed the Government's argument that PM can easily use executive powers known as “royal prerogative” to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and begin two years of divorce talks.

The Supreme Court ruled by 8-3 against the government and rejected arguments that the UK’s devolved assemblies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should give their assent before Article 50 is invoked.


“The referendum is of great political significance, but the Act of Parliament which established it did not say what should happen as a result,” said David Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court. “So any change in the law to give effect to the referendum must be made in the only way permitted by the UK constitution, namely by an Act of Parliament.”

Prime Minister May has repeatedly emphasised that she would trigger Article 50 before the end of March, however, now she will have to seek the consent of lawmakers first. This could delat her plans, although the main opposition Labour Party has said it would not slow her timetable.

May set out her stall for negotiations last week, promising a clean break with European Union as part of a 12-point plan to focus on global free trade deals, setting out a course for a so-called “hard Brexit”.