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Supreme Court says UK Parliament must vote on Article 50

Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the UK’s Supreme Court ruled today.
 
The judgement means Prime Minister Theresa May cannot begin talks with the EU until MPs and peers give their backing - although this is expected to happen in time for the government's March 31 deadline to trigger Article 50 – required in order to begin the exiting process.
 
The Supreme Court ruled the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say on triggering Article 50.
 
Reading out the judgment, Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger said: "Relations with the EU are a matter for the UK government."
Campaigners argued denying the UK Parliament a vote was “undemocratic”, according to the BBC.
 
However, the government said it already had the powers to trigger Article 50 without the need for consulting MPs and peers.
 
The judges rejected the case put by ministers by a majority of eight to three.
Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the government was "disappointed" but would "comply" and do "all that is necessary" to implement the court's judgement.
"TODAY'S RULING DOES NOTHING"
 
An unnamed Downing Street Spokesman said: "The British people voted to leave the EU, and the government will deliver on their verdict - triggering Article 50, as planned, by the end of March. Today's ruling does nothing to change that."
Gina Miller, one of the campaigners who brought the case against the government, said Brexit was "the most divisive issue of a generation", but added that her victory was "not about politics, but process".
 
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Labour respects the result of the referendum and the will of the British people and will not frustrate the process for invoking Article 50."
Leading 'Leave' campaigner, and now British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson tweeted: "Supreme Court has spoken. Now Parliament must deliver will of the people – we will trigger A50 by end of March. Forward we go!"

UK Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, said at the House of Commons following the Supreme Court ruling: "Legislation will be introduced "shortly" to ensure the Brexit process starts by the end of March."

Source: BBC
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