British Government prohibited to launch EU exit procedure without the Parliament’s consent under the Supreme Court ruling
British Government will be required to get the Parliament’s consent for initiating the EU exit procedure – country’s Supreme Court ruled, thus upholding the London High Court decision, delivered in November last year.
In addition, as the BBC reported, the British Government would have to engage in consultations with the officials from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The matter concerns triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which provides for country’s exit from the European Union.
Nearly 52% of citizens voted for Great Britain’s withdrawal from the EU at the referendum on June 23, 2016. However, Theresa May’s government has failed so far to initiate the Brexit talks.
British mass media reported earlier, in case of losing in court, the government was drafting a bill, under which Theresa May’s Cabinet would be empowered to launch the exit procedure. The Ministers’ intention was to quickly push the bill through the House of Commons and the House of Lords so as not to wreck the initial ‘Brexit’ schedule.
British Prime Minister, Theresa May, explained earlier, she was going to officially notify the EU on Britain’s exit and thus launch the procedure under Article 50 till the end of March, 2017. Negotiations with the EU will presumably take 2 years.