What Happens Now Article 50 Has Been Blocked?

by : Tom Percival on : 03 Nov 2016 11:10

The British High Court has ruled that parliament cannot trigger Article 50 without voting on the matter.


According to the BBC this means that MPs must vote on whether we begin the formal process of leaving the European Union.

Teresa May had claimed the referendum meant MPs didn’t have to vote on when article 50 of the Lisbon treaty was activated, a decision that campaigners had called unconstitutional.


Unfortunately for all us ‘remoaners’ this doesn’t really change things much, as the government are expected to appeal the decision.


Ministers have already been given the go-ahead for a further hearing at the Supreme Court, that’s believed to be scheduled for the end of this year.

Norman Smith, the BBC’s assistant political editor has claimed that if the decision isn’t overturned there will be months and months of parliamentary hurdles ahead.


He went on to add that people hoping for a last minute reprieve from the looming doom of Brexit (my words not his) shouldn’t get their hopes up as most MPs would vote to trigger article 50 as it was backed by the majority in the referendum.

Mrs May has claimed she’ll activate Article 50 by the end of next March follows the UK’s vote to leave the EU all the way back in June.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

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