Britain’s highest court is likely to uphold a controversial High Court ruling that MPs and peers must give approval for the use of Article 50.
Pro-EU politicians could treat the vote in Parliament as opportunity to delay, or even derail, the start of EU exit talks.
Despite the inevitable Europhile rebellion, Mrs May has insisted that the UK will still invoke Article 50 within the next two months.
When is the Supreme Court decision on Article 50?
The 11 judges of the Supreme Court are preparing to deliver their all-important verdict today (Tuesday January 24).
Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger will deliver a summary of the verdict from courtroom one at 9.30am.
The announcement of the verdict will only take between five and ten minutes because it will be a summary of the judges’ ruling.
Brexit challenger Gina Miller is waiting to find out if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling
Gina Miller – the woman behind the Brexit challenge – won a history victory when High Court judges ruled that MPs and peers must get a vote.
But Government lawyers have called for the High Court verdict to be overturned, arguing that Mrs May can trigger Article 50 alone using royal prerogative powers.
The Supreme Court is expected to throw out the Government’s appeal. Their judgement comes a week after Mrs May laid out her plans for a ‘hard Brexit’.
How to watch the Supreme Court verdict live
Brexiteers and Remainers across Britain can watch an online livestream from the Supreme Court in Parliament Square London.
The Supreme Court verdict will be livestreamed from the courtroom on the Supreme Court’s website here.
The court website warns that there are legal restrictions on the use of the video footage of the judicial proceedings.
It says: “Although you are welcome to view these proceedings, the re-use, capture, re-editing or redistribution of this footage in any form is not permitted.
“You should be aware that any such use could attract liability for breach of copyright or defamation and, in some circumstances, could constitute a contempt of court.”
Meet the Supreme Court Judges who will get last say on Article 50
Thu, December 1, 2016
These are the Supreme Court Judges who could stop Theresa May triggering Article 50 next week, throwing the UK’s plans to break from the EU into total disarray.
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The Supreme Court Judges.
When will the UK trigger Article 50?
Mrs May still plans to trigger Article 50 before the end of March 2017, which means that the UK is scheduled to leave the EU in 2019.
The use of Article 50 will start the timer on two year’s of EU exit talks, although some changes will be phased in after this negotiation period.