Brexit: MPs must vote before article can be triggered, court rules

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Brexit: MPs must vote before article can be triggered, court rules

Britain cannot start the process of leaving the European Union without a vote in parliament, the high court in London has ruled. The court found that the government needs the approval of MPs before triggering article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which starts formal exit negotiations.

The decision is a major blow to Theresa May, who has promised to trigger article 50 by the end of next March, and Downing Street confirmed that the government will appeal.

“The Government is disappointed by the court’s judgment. The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by Act of Parliament. And the Government is determined to respect the result of the referendum. We will appeal this judgment,” a government spokesperson said.

The supreme court will hear an appeal next month but if the high court decision is upheld, Ms May will face serious parliamentary hurdles before she can start formal Brexit talks. Two thirds of MPs, including a majority of Conservatives, voted against Brexit in the referendum.

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