The Supreme Court has ruled against PM Theresa May’s Brexit plans, deciding that MPs are entitled to vote on whether to trigger the dreaded article 50 or not. In short, they’ve taken away the power for her to make the decision and trigger the start of Brexit by herself.
The decision is pretty dead for May, who had expected she’d have all the power to herself and would be able to start Brexit with solely her own decision. She’s now got to get permission from MPs, in a vote due to take place before the end of March, before she can trigger the article and start the two-year Brexit countdown.
Ministers are likely to publish the Bill that MPs will vote on by the end of the week.
Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said: “By a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court today rules that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament authorising it to do so.”
He said that the judgement was not about the referendum result or a comment on whether we should leave or stay in the EU.
It’s unclear what, legally, will happen if MPs vote against the triggering of Article 50, as a lot of the laws regarding Brexit have not been explored. Jeremy Corbyn has asked his MPs not to vote to obstruct it.