Brexit hits hur­dle; court rules Par­lia­ment vote re­quired

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Bri­tain’s plans to leave the Euro­pean Union hit a large speed bump Thurs­day, as the High Court ruled that the gov­ern­ment can’t start exit ne­go­ti­a­tions with­out a vote in Par­lia­ment.

The judg­ment deep­ened Bri­tain’s di­vide over Europe, rais­ing hopes among pro-EU politi­cians that they can soften the terms of the U.K.’s with­drawal from the bloc. “Leave” cam­paign­ers say any at­tempt to do that would be a be­trayal of vot­ers’ de­ci­sion. The gov­ern­ment im­me­di­ately said it would ask the Supreme Court to over­turn the rul­ing. The court has set aside time in early De­cem­ber to hear the case.

Thurs­day’s rul­ing could de­lay gov­ern­ment plans to start talks on Bri­tain’s EU exit, or Brexit, within weeks, and opens a ma­jor con­sti­tu­tional bat­tle over the bal­ance of power be­tween Par­lia­ment and the gov­ern­ment. Brexit Sec­re­tary David Davis said Bri­tain’s June 23 vote to leave the EU “must be re­spected.”

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