Supreme Court rules parliament must be consulted over Brexit Article 50

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The Supreme Court judges (one of whom had retired).

THE Supreme Court has rejected the government appeal against the High Court decision requiring that parliament should vote on the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon agreement by eight votes to three on January 24.

In summing up the decision made by the majority of 11 Supreme Court judges, Lord Neuberger explained that the overall view was that whilst the government could make decisions of this sort under most circumstances, on this occasion, as the rights of the British people would be affected, that parliament must have a say.

In addition, the judges unanimously agreed that in the case of the devolved assemblies, there was no obligation to allow them to add their approval as this was a decision to be made by the government of the United Kingdom, supported or rejected by members of parliament representing all of the UK voters.

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The immediate response from the Attorney General on behalf of the government was that it was disappointed with the decision but would comply with the ruling.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Keep calm and carry on! It is vital that we all stay calm and respect the rule of law, no matter which side of the Brexit argument we support.

    The UK Supreme Court has firmly rejected Theresa May’s initial desire to act without parliamentary scrutiny. Our freely elected MPs will have the final say. That is as it should be. No British prime minster – especially one who was not elected as such by the people – should ever be allowed to ignore parliamentary democracy.

    I would urge every British expat who has the right to vote to register now if you have not done so already. Please remember you need to re-register every year to keep your right to vote. Why should we be doing this? Because there is a distinct possibility that a snap election could occur at any time during the 2-year Brexit process. Parliament, as we all know, includes the House of Lords. The Lords will now be allowed to vote on a Commons Brexit Bill. It is well known that there is a built in anti-Brexit majority in the Lords. The government has already indicated if the Lords rejected such a Bill they could be forced to hold a snap election on the issue. The stakes have never been higher.

  2. Of course the supreme court backed the bremoaners, they are a part of the establishment whose fears of anything but the status quo are anathema.
    How many of these Lords have ever had to wait three weeks to see his GP, been priced out of work by state subsidised immigrants, been pushed down the social housing queue, cannot find placement at their local school for their children but rather have to send them miles away to be sequestered in a minority amongst other children to whom English is not their favoured tongue consequently hammpering their learning process.
    Disaster!!

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