The British government has said it would appeal against a High Court ruling that Prime Minister Theresa May cannot begin the Brexit process without the parliament’s approval.
Three senior judges ruled Thursday that the parliament, not the government alone, can trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal process for starting Brexit.
May, however, urged the UK
Parliament to accept the Brexit vote, saying the MPs must allow the government to carry out its plan.
“It was MPs who overwhelmingly decided to put the decision in their hands. The result was clear. It was legitimate. MPs and peers who regret the referendum result need to accept what the people decided,” she said Sunday.
On June 23, nearly 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the European Union, after 43 years of membership, a decision that sent shockwaves throughout the world.
May later said she would start the process by March 2017 and bring it to completion in two years. She also said that the British parliament would not vote on triggering the EU divorce, but a debate could be held over the government’s Brexit plan, an idea not welcomed by the court.
May leaves 10 Downing Street in London on November 2, 2016, ahead of the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) in the House of Commons. (Photo by AFP)
“It’s likely that any hearing will be scheduled in the Supreme Court in early December,” he told the Parliament. “We would hope the judgment would be provided soon after.”
Commenting on the Brexit timing, he said “this timetable remains consistent with our aim to trigger Article 50 by the end of March next year.”
May’s spokesman has already said the government was “determined to continue with our plans,” and had “no intention of letting” the ruling “derail Article 50 or the timetable we have set out.”
The British premier has also been under pressure by some politicians to pursue the so-called hard Brexit, which suggests surrendering access to the EU’s single market and scrap free movement of EU nationals in return for securing control over immigration.