Hairdresser Deir Dos Santos and investment manager Gina Miller, the two lead claimants in a case at England’s High Court, welcome the court’s ruling that the British government requires parliamentary approval to trigger the process of exiting the European Union. Lawyer David Greene read a statement from his client, Dos Santos, after the ruling.
(ITV) – The two lead claimants in a case that had been brought to England’s High Court welcomed the court’s ruling on Thursday (Nov. 3) that the British government requires parliamentary approval to trigger the process of exiting the European Union.
Hairdresser Deir Dos Santos and investment manager Gina Miller were among a growing queue of litigants hoping to force Prime Minister Theresa May to let parliament decide when, how and whether to leave the EU, rather than taking such decisions herself following last month’s referendum.
The ruling is a major upset for May’s plans for Brexit. Her government said in a statement it was disappointed by the court’s judgment.
Sterling rose on the news, with many investors taking the view that lawmakers would temper the government’s policies and make an economically disruptive “hard Brexit” less likely.
The court said it had granted the government permission to appeal against the ruling before the Supreme Court, which has set aside Dec. 5-8 to deal with the matter.
A panel of three of the most senior judges in the country ruled that the government could not trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, the formal step needed to start negotiations on the terms of Brexit, without approval from parliament.
In theory, parliament could block Brexit altogether. But few people expect that outcome, given that the British people voted by 52 to 48 percent to leave the EU in a referendum in June.
However, the ruling makes the already daunting task of taking Britain out of a club it joined 43 years ago even more complex. It also puts at risk May’s own deadline of starting formal negotiations on the terms of Brexit by the end of March.