U.K. Supreme Court Rules All Brexit Process Must Be Approved By Parliament
The British government should first obtain approval from the parliament before proceeding the future Brexit process, according to the U.K. Supreme Court ruling issued Tuesday, Jan. 24. The court decision is a setback to the Brexit process which currently executed by the government under Prime Minister Theresa May.
The 11-judge panel of the U.K. Supreme Court decided that government cannot trigger the Article 50 without Parliament authorization, according to a report by BBC. Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said that on Tuesday, Jan. 24, by majority ruling.
"The UK's constitutional arrangements require such changes to be clearly authorised by Parliament," Lord Neuberger said.
This decision is a blow to the Tory government under Prime Minister May, according to Financial Times. The decision forbid May to exercise the royal prerogative given by the Queen of England to continue the Brexit process. Supreme Court argued that the exit from Europen Union means that domestic law in the United Kingdom will also change and affect the rights of UK residents in the European Countries. Therefore the parliament should give a go before the government trigger the Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
Prime Minister May previously declared that her cabinet has set the deadline of March 31 to finalize the Brexit negotiation process. The court ruling may be a setback to her target to start the Bexit process.
However, the government believes that the court ruling will not delay the Brexit process. Downing Street spokesperson stated that the British citizen had decided to leave the European Union, therefore the government has its duty to deliver on the verdict from the people. The ruling does not change the fact that British citizen wants to leave the EU.
Watch the report from Wall Street Journal regarding the U.K. Supreme Court decision below: