The Supreme Court has ruled that parliament must vote to trigger Article 50. The formal process for leaving the European Union.
Brexit secretary David Davis has told MPs who were pro remain not to exploit the process. He still wants to push forward with plans to leave the EU adhering to the timetable already laid out.
Supreme Court judges ruled by a margin of 8-3 that Theresa May could not use an executive ruling to trigger Article 50.
Gina Miller Celebrating
Gina Miller, the businesswoman who led the legal challenge against Brexit being triggered by an executive vote. She declared that she had scored a victory for parliamentary sovereignty.
The court dismissed Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon a request to be able to veto a deal they did not like, and the court made clear that it was a legal decision and not their view on Brexit.
Iain Duncan Smith, a former cabinet minister said the court’s intervention raised constitutional issues.
Davis to Bring Forward Bill
Mr Davis said he will table a short Bill designed to allow MPs and peers to table amendments. He will announce this at the Commons later today.
He made it clear that the will of the British people had to be respected. He said, “The purpose of this Bill is simply to give the Government the power to invoke Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the European Union. That’s what the British people voted for and it’s what they would expect.
“Parliament will rightly scrutinise and debate this legislation. ‘But I trust no-one will seek to make it a vehicle for attempts to thwart the will of the people or frustrate or delay the process of exiting the European Union.”
Both Labour and the Scottish National Party will now have a say on the final deal. Labour want a meaningful vote on Brexit plans, while the SNP have tabled 50 amendments.