Date
11 December 2016
British Prime Minister Theresa May is confident of overturning a court decision that may delay Brexit. Photo: Reuters
British Prime Minister Theresa May is confident of overturning a court decision that may delay Brexit. Photo: Reuters

UK preparing bill to trigger Brexit

The British government is preparing legislation to trigger the procedure to leave the European Union.

This comes as Prime Minister Theresa May expressed confidence in overturning a court decision that may delay Brexit, Reuters reports, citing SkyNews.

May’s plans to start the formal divorce procedure from the European Union by the end of March were dealt a blow last week when England’s High Court ruled that her government must seek parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50.

May wants government, not parliament, to shape Britain’s approach to leaving the EU and has said she will appeal the ruling in Britain’s highest court — a stance her ministers and aides stuck to on Monday, avoiding any comment on the report.

Sky News quoted sources as saying the government was preparing a bill that will have to be considered in both houses of parliament in what could be a lengthy process and potentially delay May’s timetable.

May’s spokesman told reporters the government was focused on winning its appeal to the Supreme Court next month and meeting the March deadline — an argument repeated by her minister responsible for Brexit, David Davis.

Davis also told a rowdy session in parliament that the court’s decision may not come until January.

The court ruling has stirred passions in Britain just over four months after 52 percent of voters supported leaving the EU in a referendum which deepened splits in the country and gave voice to resentment — mirrored across Western Europe and the United States – with a ruling elite seen as out of touch.

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