Dealing a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s approach to exit negotiations with the European Union, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled on Tuesday that she must first seek approval by Parliament before invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
The court rejected 8-3 May’s argument for the use of executive powers to begin negotiations, stating that the referendum held on June 24th was an advisory one, with parliament not being bound to its outcome. Therefore, the President of the Supreme Council explained, it was not the right of the government to remove the country from the European Union without first seeking Parliament’s approval.
May has previously said that she would invoke Article 50, which begins exit negotiations, before the end of March. How this verdict affects her timetable is as yet uncertain.