Paul's Reaction to Supreme Court Ruling

24 January 2017

Today the Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Parliament’s consent being required to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will take us out of the European Union.

It means that MPs will now have their views heard as a vote will have to take place to allow the UK to start the process of exiting the EU.

This landmark decision denies the government the use of the Royal Prerogative in this situation and will set a major precedent in constitutional law.

Theresa May has already outlined that MPs will get a say on the final Brexit deal and a motion was passed in the House of Commons to keep to the March timetable. In light of today’s decision it remains to be seen whether this deadline can be met.

Paul Brannen MEP said:

“Many people who voted for the UK to leave the EU did so in support of the idea that the Westminster Parliament is sovereign, the ultimate authority and today’s decision firmly reinforces this principle. By giving MPs a say in the triggering of Article 50 the government will be held accountable under Britain’s conventions of parliamentary scrutiny and democracy which can only be a good thing in this process.

“Theresa May’s assertion that Parliament will get a vote on the final Brexit deal is also welcome and will be an opportunity for MPs to make sure a Brexit deal is not reached that sees ordinary people end up worse off” "

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