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Brit Court Throws Brexit Monkey Wrench

Thursday, November 3, 2016 11:40
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It looks like the judicial oligarchy is alive and well in Britain. The Telegraph

A British High Court has ruled that PM Theresa May cannot initiate Britain’s move from the EU without Parliament MPs voting to do so. This ruling comes despite Parliament’s voting to allow the Brexit referendum in the first place. PM May had intended to begin Brexit by the end of March 2017.

Here are some Q&As about the High Court’s action.

FAQ | High court ruling on Article 50

What does the ruling mean?

MPs will have to be given a vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU. This means the Government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – beginning formal discussions with the EU – on its own.

What happens next?

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered Government lawyers to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court. That decision by the Supreme Court – which will have to be in the coming weeks – will be the most momentous in its 10 year existence.

What if the Supreme Court upholds the decision?

It is unclear whether the Government can appeal the case to the European Court of Justice. If the Government accepts the decision, MPs will get a vote on the timing of triggering Article 50, most likely before March.

The High Court’s decision can be appealed to the British Supreme Court. PM May’s government is doing that, and there is a tentative date of December 7, 2016, set for the proceeding. And if the government loses there, the matter might be able to be appealed to the EU’s European Court Of Justice.

And if that’s not bat-shit crazy, I don’t know what is; a nation going to an EU Court to get permission to leave the EU.


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