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