Wednesday 9 November 2016

Supreme Court Granted Permission To Appeal Against Brexit Decision


Theresa May has been given permission by the Supreme Court to appeal against a legal ruling forcing her to give Parliament a vote on the plans for Brexit.

The challenge will start on 5 December and is expected to last four days.

In an incredible court case last week, opponents argued the Prime Minister cannot use ‘royal prerogative’ to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the legal mechanism for quitting the Brussels bloc.

Following a three-day hearing, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas - sitting with the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, and Lord Justice Sales - agreed, ruling a vote must be held in Parliament before any plans to quit the EU can be made.

But Government lawyers had insisted prerogative powers are a legitimate way to give effect "to the will of the people" who voted by a clear majority for Brexit, and immediately announced it would appeal the decision.

Now permission to appeal has been granted by a panel of three justices and will be heard in just a month's time, the Supreme Court announced on Tuesday.



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