Theresa May’s government disappointed at Supreme Court Brexit judgement, but will abide by it’s ruling that lawmakers must approve triggering Article 50 to kickstart the official process of Britain leaving the E.U.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (REUTERS / UK POOL) – Britain’s Attorney General Jeremy Wright said on Tuesday (January 24) the government would implement a UK Supreme Court decision that Prime Minister Theresa May must obtain parliament’s approval before she begins Britain’s formal exit from the European Union.
“Of course the government is disappointed with the outcome,” Wright said outside the Supreme Court. “The government will comply with the judgement of the court and do all that is necessary to implement it,” he said.
The UK’s highest judicial body dismissed the government’s argument that May could simply use executive powers known as “royal prerogative” to invoke Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty and begin two years of divorce talks.
However, the court rejected arguments that the UK’s devolved assemblies in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales should give their assent before Article 50 is invoked.
May has repeatedly said she would trigger Article 50 before the end of March but she will now have to seek the consent of lawmakers first, potentially meaning her plans could be amended or delayed, although the main opposition Labour Party has said it would not slow her timetable.
Lead claimant in the case, businesswoman Gina Miller, was delighted at the outcome.
“Only parliament can grant rights to the British people and only parliament can take them away. No prime minister, no government can expect to be unanswerable or unchallenged. Parliament alone is sovereign,” she told the large crowd of media outside the court.