London: The prime minister of United Kingdom Theresa May must get approval from parliament in order to start UK’s official exit from the European Union, according to the Supreme Court.
Lord David Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court said as he read out the ruling: “To proceed otherwise would be breach of settled constitutional principles stretching back many centuries.”
He also said: “By a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court today ruled that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an act of Parliament authorising it to do so.”
The government’s argument was that the prime minister can use the “royal prerogative” to begin the two year separation talks by invoking article 50, however, it has been rejected by the Supreme Court.
Prime Minister Theresa May wanted to start the exit process without having the parliament involved, although she has promised that lawmakers will have a chance to vote on the results of the talks.
Eight judges voted in favor of the high court’s decision made in November while three judges voted against it, the judges took four days to deliberate the case. It was concluded that Brexit will have such a great impact that an act of parliament is necessary to begin the process.
Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General of UK said that the government will comply with Supreme Court’s orders although it was very disappointed by the decision.
BBC quoted a spokesperson for Downing Street who said: : “The British people voted to leave the EU, and the government will deliver on their verdict – triggering Article 50, as planned, by the end of March. Today’s ruling does nothing to change that.”
Tim Farron, the liberal Democrat leader said the he will vote against Article 50 along with his MPs unless the final deal between UK and EU is reached via public vote.
The leader of Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn said: “Labour respects the result of the referendum and the will of the British people and will not frustrate the process for invoking Article 50.”
The participation of Welsh, Scottish and Northern Ireland assemblies have not been deemed necessary.