UK Supreme Court Rules Brexit Needs Parliament's Approval

The British Premier has sought to bypass Parliament in triggering Brexit, appealing against a High Court ruling that required her to seek a vote among lawmakers before invoking Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the formal mechanism for beginning the divorce.

Whatever further rabid "Enemies of the People"-style spin certain parts of the media may put on this, the Supreme Court did exactly what it had to do: uphold the law".

In the ruling, Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger stated that "relations with the European Union are a matter for the UK Government".

There was some good news for the Government in this decision. But EU foreign affairs commissioner Federica Mogherini has already said that the United Kingdom and the United States can not do a bilateral trade agreement until the bureaucratic divorce is finalized.

May said the decision did nothing to change the path of Brexit. But they said it was not up to the courts to police it or decide its scope.

Lord Chancellor, Elizabeth Truss said: 'Our independent judiciary is the cornerstone of the rule of law and is vital to our constitution and our freedoms.

Although the court has concluded that the UK Government is not legally obliged to consult the devolved administrations, there remains a clear political obligation to do so. "Today's decision has created legal certainty, based on our democratic process and provides the legal foundation for the government to trigger article 50".

There will also be pressure on ministers to produce the promised White Paper on Brexit - announced by Mrs May at Prime Minister's Questions - before the crucial votes on triggering Article 50.

It will give MPs from across the house a chance to debate the issues before the United Kingdom begins its negotiations with the European Union on leaving.

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Given Scotland's clear opposition to leaving the European Union, that could have severely derailed the Brexit process.

The Lib Dems intend to oppose the Bill unless it includes provision for a second referendum, a member of the party said.

Despite that defiance, and despite UKIP leader Paul Nuttall's very dramatic warning -"woe betide those politicians or parties that attempt to block, delay, or in any other way subvert that will"- it might not be so clear cut.

Responding to Davis' statement, Labour's Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said the prime minister had been "wrong to try and sideline parliament", and repeated Labour's intention to seek to amend Article 50 to include protections for the single market, workers' rights and environmental protections.

May had said that she would utilise the centuries-old powers known as royal prerogative to appeal to Article 50.

The SNP leader has already declared she will press ahead with a vote in Holyrood on triggering Article 50, saying the Scottish Government would bring forward a legislative consent motion.

Ministers are now expected to publish a short bill authorising the invocation of Article 50, with votes to take place in the Houses of Commons and Lords soon.

The SC ruling deals a serious blow to May's government.

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