High Court rules that the UK government must get Parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50

The High Court today ruled that the government must get Parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50 that serves notice of the UK’s intention to leave the European Union.

Three judges ruled the Prime Minister does not have the right to use the royal prerogative to invoke the notice to leave the EU without involving MPs and peers. The development throws into confusion whether the prime minister, Theresa May, can stick to her timetable to trigger Article 50 by the end of March and leave the EU by spring 2019.

If it leads to the government being forced to push a Bill through Parliament there is thought to be virtually no chance of that timetable being achieved.

The Government immediately confirmed it would challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court.

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