Scot­land seeks to block Brexit talks with­out its ap­proval

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

The Scot­tish gov­ern­ment said Tues­day that it will ask Bri­tain’s Supreme Court to block Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May from trig­ger­ing Euro­pean Union exit talks with­out con­sult­ing the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment first — an­other po­ten­tial blow to May’s hopes of a quickie di­vorce from the bloc.

The prime min­is­ter has said she plans to trig­ger two years of exit talks by in­vok­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU treaty be­fore the end of March.

But last week the High Court com­pli­cated that plan, rul­ing in re­sponse to a le­gal chal­lenge that law­mak­ers in Bri­tain’s Par­lia­ment must first get a vote. The gov­ern­ment is ask­ing the Supreme Court to over­turn the judg­ment. The court said Tues­day that it will hear the case Dec. 5-8. In a re­flec­tion of the con­sti­tu­tional im­por­tance of the case, which hinges on the bal­ance of power be­tween Par­lia­ment and the ex­ec­u­tive, all 11 Supreme Court judges will hear the ap­peal.

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