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Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the European Union, the High Court has ruled. This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – beginning formal discussions with the EU – on their 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 expected to appeal. Ministers were given the go-ahead for a further hearing to take place at the Supreme Court, which is expected to take place before the end of the year.
The High Court has ruled the Government requires Parliament’s consent to trigger Article 50 and start the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. However the court granted the government to appeal against the ruling, with a government lawyer saying the Supreme Court had already set aside December 5-8 to hear the matter.
Theresa May cannot trigger Brexit without putting it to an MPs’ vote in the House of Commons, the High Court has ruled. The Government has lost its case that she has power under the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 – without putting it to MPs. Mrs May is now expected to appeal the decision and the Supreme Court has earmarked December 7 and 8 to hear the case. The case was brought by businesswoman Gina Miller and hairdresser Deir dos Santos, who are both British nationals. The key plank of the case was the actual wording of Article 50 of the treaty on the European Union.