Brexit: Supreme Court rules UK Parliament must vote on triggering Article 50

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Brexit: Supreme Court rules UK Parliament must vote on triggering Article 50

24 Jan 2017

The Supreme Court has today ruled that Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process. Here, Robert Levy, executive partner for Kuits, offers his comments:

“The Supreme Court’s decision today confirming that Parliament must approve the triggering of Article 50 by the UK Government confirms what most lawyers (with the notable exception of the Government’s own lawyers) believed to be the likely outcome of the Appeal.

“It is notable that this was an 8-3 decision of the Supreme Court Justices and there will undoubtedly be much focus on the reasoning behind the minority judgements. There will likewise be focus on the extent of the Royal prerogative – that unwritten body of customary authority which HM Government derives from the Monarch and which the Government argued gave it the right to formally trigger Brexit without seeking consent from Parliament.

“Whilst constitutional lawyers and the press will pore over this judgement and its political implications in the coming days and weeks, the big winner here is undoubtedly the international reputation of the UK legal system and the independence of the UK Judiciary.”

Kuits has formed a Brexit Impact Group to help businesses understand how Brexit might impact them, both now and in the future. For more information, please call 0161 832 3434.

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