Ian Swanson: Brexit process ruling isn't end of the matter

Despite being on the losing side of a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court yesterday, the British government appears determined to trigger Article 50 by the end of March and forge ahead with its plan for a hard Brexit.

The opposition Labour Party, which appears deeply divided between largely pro-EU MPs and a grassroots vote in the north of England and elsewhere in favour of leaving, said it would "not frustrate" the vote in parliament.

Lord Neuberger said: "Relations with the European Union are a matter for the United Kingdom government".

While it will have to go before Parliament in Westminster, the Conservative government will not have to consult with devolved assemblies in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland before it acts to leave the EU. The wording suggested that the people's decision was a direct mandate to the government. But they said it was not up to the courts to police it or decide its scope.

Ms. May had argued that she could trigger Article 50 alone, and she planned to do so before the end of March. The city has many financial companies, some of which have started thinking about possibly moving their European headquarters to Frankfurt or other cities inside the EU following the Brexit.

It said that it should be able to do the same with the treaties keeping us in the EU.

Immediately after the case, the government's attorney general Jeremy Wright said although the government accepted the decision, it was disappointed by the ruling.

Opposition Labour Party members of parliament (MPs) had demanded access to information before being asked to vote on the bill triggering Article 50.

"The party is demanding a plan from the government to ensure it is accountable to parliament throughout the negotiations and a meaningful vote to ensure the final deal is given parliamentary approval", Corbyn further said.

That ruling was controversial as a booklet on the referendum question issued by the government to every household in Britain before the vote included the promise "This is your decision".

Saying that her case was about the legal process, Miller said after today's ruling, "No prime minister, no government, can expect to be unanswerable or unchallenged".

Mr Davis said it would be "the most straightforward Bill possible" amid suggestions the law
that will pave the way for the biggest change in Britain for a generation will be just a few pages of text.

"Defeat in the House of Lords would not stop Brexit from happening, but it could delay it until mid-2020", Souta said.

The majority Conservative Party favours the move out of the European Union, and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said the opposition party's lawmakers will back the process, although some have rejected his call to do so.

Following the referendum, Gina Miller - an investment fund manager - began actively campaigning to reverse the decision, believing that those who voted for Brexit did so without any idea or plan for the future.

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