Government Response to High Court Brexit Ruling

Government Response to High Court Brexit Ruling

The Prime Minister has previously stated that the government’s plans were to trigger Article 50 to leave the European Union by the end of March 2017.

The new High Court ruling, however, states the government must put the matter before parliament to obtain the assent of MPs, which raises a number of complications, given the small size of the current administration’s majority.

High Court ruling on Article 50: statement.


A statement was issued following the High Court ruling today (3 November 2016).

A government spokesperson said:

“The government is disappointed by the Court’s judgment.

“The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by Act of Parliament. And the government is determined to respect the result of the referendum.

We will appeal this judgment.”


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