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  • Article 50 High Court Decision !

    Posted on 4th November 2016 by admintremont

    Three senior Judges ruled yesterday (3rd November 2016) that the Government could not go ahead triggering the new Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, without consulting with Parliament first. This means consulting with both MP’s, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

     

    Article 50, when triggered, will mean the UK withdrawing from the EU.

     

    What is Article 50?

     

    Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon requires any country which is in the EU to give notice of leaving it. Once notice is given, this means that Article 50 is triggered and that the EU will try to negotiate a ‘withdrawal agreement’ with that country. Here they will negotiate when the country can leave the EU, as well as make other agreements such as movements of goods etc.

     

    During this negotiation period, which will last 2 years, the UK will stay in the EU, and still abide by its rules. The only thing that the UK will not participate in will be the internal EU decisions or the decisions on the UKs withdrawal.

     

    So what happens now?

     

    The Government has already announced that it will appeal the High Court’s decision to the Supreme Court, where it is due to be heard on or around the 7th December 2016 by 11 judges.

     

    As standing, this means that MPs have the choice to either approve the trigger of Article 50, or reject or pass it with amendments. As a large number of MPs were against the leaving of the EU, this could be a big change from how the Government expected Brexit to plan out.