UK High Court on 3 November 2016 ruled that Government does not have the power to invoke Article 50 of the European Union treaty. It held that Prime Minister Theresa May can’t start the BREXIT process without approval from Parliament.
Britain’s plans to leave the European Union hit a large speed bump when the High Court ruled that the Government cannot start exit negotiations without a vote in Parliament.
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High Court’s decision came while hearing a plea of a group of British citizens who opposes BREXIT. The court’s ruling also opens a major constitutional battle over the balance of power between Parliament and the government.
Earlier, Prime Minister May has said that she will use centuries-old powers known as royal prerogative to invoke Article 50 of the EU treaty, which launches two years of exit negotiations, by the end of March 2017. The powers – traditionally held by the monarch but now used by politicians – enable decisions about international treaties and other issues to be made without a vote of Parliament.