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UK Lawmakers Must Approve Article 50 Motion, Rules Supreme Court

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

24 January 2017


The UK Supreme Court has ruled that Parliament must approve the Government's plan to trigger Article 50 to exit the European Union, in Miller v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union ([2016] EWHC 2768 (Admin) and [2016] NIQB 85).

It said that Theresa May can not use her executive powers as Prime Minister to automatically trigger Article 50 and launch the two-year separation process, upon which in-depth negotiations with the EU will begin.

The Supreme Court did not necessitate that lawmakers in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales must also pass the necessary legislation, in a blow to those hoping that a Brexit could be avoided still.

The announcement could delay May's aim to trigger Article 50 by March however. Opposition lawmakers may now seek to dictate to some extent the path the UK will take in the future, with May saying recently the UK would divorce itself from the Single Market.

TAGS: tax | value added tax (VAT) | Ireland | VAT legislation | United Kingdom | legislation | Scotland

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