24 January, 2017
The Supreme Court by a majority of 8 to 3 has ruled that an Act of Parliament is required to authorise ministers to give Notice of the decision of the UK to withdraw from the European Union. Following the ruling the Attorney General has confirmed that the government will comply with the judgment of the court and do all that is necessary to implement it.
Government ministers had argued that the referendum gave the government the authority to commence the exit from the EU and had intended to trigger Article 50 using the Royal Prerogative. That would have meant the government could have triggered Article 50 at their choosing. The government must now specifically pass a Bill through Parliament. The passage through Parliament often takes months, but it is expected that the government will use Emergency legislation to speed up the process.
A spokesperson from Number 10 remarked "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…..We respect the supreme court's decision, and will set out our next steps to parliament shortly."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has already commented "Labour respects the result of the referendum and the will of the British people and will not frustrate the process for invoking Article 50". Therefore the bill is unlikely to meet significant opposition in the House of Commons. Whilst many of the peers in the House of Lords oppose Brexit, it is likely that as unelected house they will ultimately resist the temptation to thwart the bill.
If you are looking for any more information with regards to our services view our Insurance section. You can also contact Sarah Wilkinson in our Insurance department via email or phone on 01254 662831. Alternatively send any question through to Forbes Solicitors via our online Contact Form.
With 'extensive knowledge' that 'inspires confidence', the department at Forbes is led by managing partner Martin Crabtree.
2014 edition Legal 500
Forbes is "absolutely fantastic - nothing is too much trouble".
2011 edition Legal 500
The Team "Deliver a consistently high quality service across the board"
2010 Edition Chambers UK
It is easy to support organisations that I have complete confidence in. Excellent, fast, straight to the point work, no procrastination, which in turn means no racking up of fees.
Liability Operations Manager
During the ten years I have experienced with Forbes I have always without exception received a first class service.
Metropolitan Borough Council
You won the Tender based on talent and quality.
- report following successful tender for a Metropolitan Borough Council
I owe you and your colleagues a lot. I appreciate all the assistance you and Forbes have offered me both professionally and personally.