Friday, 11 November 2016

Parliament must have a vote on the triggering of Article 50


Last week, Gina Miller, a businesswoman, won a case in the High Court to ensure that Parliament gets a vote on the triggering of Article 50.  Theresa May intends to contest the result in the Supreme Court on 23rd November.

Three judges agreed the case to allow Parliament to vote on the triggering of Article 50, which Theresa May wants to invoke in March 2017. They said it was unlawful for the Prime Minister alone to decide when to invoke Article 50.

This will inevitably delay the process unless the Supreme Court overturn the decision. Parliament want to know exactly how the Government intend to move forward with Brexit, the main sticking point being the Single Market. Many people who voted for Brexit did not vote to leave the Single Market, but the two things go together. Additionally Europe will not agree to the U.K. belonging to the Single Market unless we agree to the free movement of people as well.

It is thought that if put to the vote, most of Parliament and almost all of the over subscribed House of Lords, will vote against it. To my mind this is going directly against the democratic vote to leave the E.U. made during the Referendum back in June.

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Meanwhile Donald Trump has been elected the next President of the U.S.A. with assurances that the U.S. will work closely with the U.K. once Brexit is under way.

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