Scotland seeks to block Brexit talks without its approval
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.