Theresa May could bring forward EU divorce talks after Supreme Court result
The British Prime Minister has responded to the defeat at the hands of Gina Miller and fellow remoaners by sticking to her plans for a ‘clean Brexit’.
Sources say Ms May will respond to the Supreme Court defeat by tabling her European Union Withdrawal Bill.
This could lead to Article 50 being triggered by mid-March, weeks earlier than expected.
Despite fears on taking the vote to parliament, Mrs May’s Brexit team is confident there will be no hiccups in either the House of Commons or the House of Lords.
Once Article 50 is triggered votes in both houses will decide whether or not talks can begin with Brussels.
Theresa May is rumoured to be planning Brexit timeline beginning mid-March
On Tuesday the Supreme Court ruled 8-3 in favour of the case against the Government.
However, Brexit Secretary David Davis told the Commons “there can be no turning back”.
Mr Davis warned politicians must not use legislation for triggering Article 50 to “frustrate or delay” Brexit.
The pound slid after the court decision, leading to fears interruption from those who will not accept the referendum result of June 23, could cause chaos over the two-year talks period.
Gina Miller and other Remainers took the Government to court
Mr Davis told MPs: “The point of no return was passed on June 23 last year.
“Our timetable for invoking Article 50 by the end of March still stands.
“That timetable has given valuable certainty to citizens and business in the UK and across Europe, it’s understood by our European partners and provides a framework for planning the negotiation ahead.”
The Government has set aside all-day debates next week, with 21 hours of debate the following week.
The Bill and all amendments are to be debated in a committee of the whole House next week, with seven hours each day for debate.
Previously it was expected Article 50 wold be triggered by March 31.
But after her defeat in court the PM is looking to get it done weeks before.
BREXIT: Supreme Court Ruling
Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
Mr Davis said: “The purpose of this Bill is simply to give the Government the power to invoke Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the European Union. That’s what the British people voted for and it’s what they would expect.
“Parliament will rightly scrutinise and debate this legislation. But I trust no one will seek to make it a vehicle for attempts to thwart the will of the people or frustrate or delay the process of exiting the European Union.”
It is now feared more than a dozen Tories, whose constituencies were pro Remain, are set to join Labour Party and SNP backbenchers by voting to back an amendment that would force publication of a Brexit White Paper.
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Yet Mr Davis reassured MPs they were not giving the Government permission to do whatever the liked.
He said: “This is not just 'you have only got one choice, at the end’, you have absolutely got the right to information, influence, debate and vote all the way through.”
Gina Miller, who first brought the case against the government, insisted that her challenge was not about trying to stop Britain’s EU exit.
She said: “There is no doubt that Brexit is the most divisive issue of a generation. But this case was about the legal process, not politics. Today’s decision has created legal certainty, based on our democratic process and provides the legal foundation for the government to trigger article 50.”