Bri­tain’s P.M. says coun­try must ad­here to Brexit plan

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LON­DON — Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May has shrugged off an ad­verse court rul­ing on her gov­ern­ment’s plans to leave the Euro­pean Union and main­tains that Brexit will be car­ried out in full.

She used a col­umn in the Sun­day Tele­graph news­pa­per to say her gov­ern­ment will “get on with the job” de­spite a High Court rul­ing re­quir­ing her to seek par­lia­men­tary ap­proval be­fore trig­ger­ing the exit process. May says the gov­ern­ment hopes to win a re­ver­sal of that de­ci­sion in the Supreme Court be­cause an im­por­tant prin­ci­ple is at stake.

She says Par­lia­ment voted to put the de­ci­sion on EU mem­ber­ship “in the hands of the peo­ple” in the June 23 ref­er­en­dum, the vote was de­ci­sive in fa­vor of leav­ing the 28-na­tion bloc and that choice must be re­spected.

Brexit of­fers a “great na­tional op­por­tu­nity” to “forge a bold, con­fi­dent global fu­ture for Bri­tain,” said May, who spoke out in fa­vor of stay­ing within the EU dur­ing the hard-fought ref­er­en­dum cam­paign.

She trav­eled to In­dia on Sun­day with a del­e­ga­tion of busi­ness lead­ers to con­duct her first trade mis­sion as prime min­is­ter in order to em­pha­size the im­por­tance of “the re­la­tion­ships we have with our friends and al­lies over­seas.”

De­spite May’s op­ti­mism, the High Court rul­ing risks de­lay­ing the Brexit process that May has pledged to for­mally be­gin by the end of March.

Some in Par­lia­ment are pres­sur­ing her to spell out Bri­tain’s ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion be­fore Par­lia­ment, which she re­fuses to do.

May’s plan to in­voke Ar­ti­cle 50 to for­mally be­gin the di­vorce from the EU be­fore April is al­most cer­tain to be op­posed in Par­lia­ment by Scot­tish Na­tional Party law­mak­ers, Scot­land’s Brexit min­is­ter, Michael Rus­sell, said Sun­day.

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Po­lice and demon­stra­tors clash Sun­day out­side the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s head­quar­ters as pro­test­ers de­manded that Bei­jing not in­ter­fere in a dis­pute over two pro-in­de­pen­dence law­mak­ers ex­press­ing anti-China sen­ti­ment.

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