COURT RULING

Brexit Hits a Roadblock

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Theresa May can't go it alone, according to a British court. Source: DPA
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    If the court ruling stands, the British parliament could block London from initiating negotiations to leave the European Union and effectively nullify the referendum result.

  • Facts

    Facts

    • The High Court of England ruled that the British government does not have the authority to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without parliamentary approval.
    • Most members of the British parliament are opposed to the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
    • The British government has vowed to appeal the High Court’s ruling. The British Supreme Court will likely hear the appeal in December.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to initiate proceedings to leave the European Union early next year hit a major stumbling block on Thursday.

The High Court of England has ruled that the British government does not have the authority to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and unilaterally initiate proceedings to leave the European Union.

The court ruled that the government must first obtain approval from the British parliament: “The most fundamental rule of the U.K.’s constitution is that parliament is sovereign,” said Lord Chief Justice John Thomas, England’s most senior judge.

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