'Brexit' May Stall, May Need to Get Parliament Approval on E.U. Exit Plan
Britain has to jump another hurdle to complete the Brexit. On Thursday, a senior court ruled that the Prime Minister Theresa May has to get Parliament’s approval on the country’s E.U. exit plan.
“The surprise decision introduced new uncertainty to a process already fraught with complication and threatened to derail May’s timetable of triggering Article 50, the never-before-used mechanism for exiting the E.U., by the end of March.,” write The Washington Post.
Prime Minister May will have to have a new election next year to get the mandate approved to start the E.U. divorce planning.
This is just another attempt to postponed the Brexit. Supporters of leaving the E.U. are irritated that this matter wasn’t settle after the June referendum.
52% of votes were in favor of leaving the E.U. When May took office in July, she announced that the government would invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, the official procedure for withdrawing.
Of course, those in support of Britain staying in the E.U. are optimistic about this and are hoping that the Brexit gets postponed. Due to the number of members in Parliament who are pro-E.U., the politicians are still clashing over this.
May’s office stated it was “disappointed” in the ruling and would appeal to the Supreme Court.
Luckily, pro-E.U. lawmakers are not likely going to go against the majority of the voter’s will and go against the official decision to exit.
Instead, these politicians are just making it as hard for May as possible. Formerly, May was going to trigger the exit plan on her own, without the Parliament’s input.
“Thursday’s decision instantly threw that plan into disarray. A three-judge panel representing England and Wales dismissed government lawyers’ arguments that May has the executive power necessary to launch Brexit talks on her own and sided with a group of plaintiffs who contended that Parliament must weigh in first,” writes The Washington Post. “The most fundamental rule of the U.K.’s constitution is that Parliament is sovereign and can make and unmake any law it chooses,” the judges wrote. “As an aspect of the sovereignty of Parliament it has been established for hundreds of years that the Crown — i.e. the Government of the day — cannot by exercise of prerogative powers override legislation enacted by Parliament.”
This decision, as a betrayal of what the public wants, has created an uproar from voters.
“I now fear every attempt will be made to block or delay triggering Article 50,” said Nigel Farage, a longtime Brexit champion in a Tweet. “They have no idea the level of public anger they will provoke.”
If the ruling doesn’t get overturned or appealed, it will be difficult for the country to pass legislation pertaining to Britain’s departure from E.U.
Following the referendum vote, Britain has been heavily criticized by American democrats. Obama said the country would be moved to the “back of the queue” on trade deals.
Author’s Note: The last thing Britain needs is a divide before it parts from the E.U. The pro E.U politicians should definitely be concerned, since they are in jeopardy of losing the public’s support.