In a move that may complicate Britain’s exit from the European Union, the London High Court ruled on Thursday that the Prime Minister can’t trigger the Article 50 clause without approval from Parliament. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty governs the leaving of the European Union by a member state, and the United Kingdom was preparing for the most opportune moment when it will initiate it.
Three senior judges of the High Court ruled that “the government does not have the power under the Crown’s prerogative” to start EU exit talks. Theresa May’s Government, which held the opinion that this article can be initiated without Parliament approval, said it will appeal before the Supreme Court.
Even though 52 percent of the public voted in favor of leaving the European Union, a clear majority of members of Parliament supported remaining in the EU. That means that pushing the decision to Parliament may prove difficult.
May wants to begin negotiations on leaving the EU by the end of March 2017.