(GPA) London – The British Supreme Court gave their decision this week on invoking Article 50 of the European Union charter, declaring that Brexit will have to be approved by Parliament.
The U.K. government has lost their case in the Supreme Court by a vote of 8 to 3 which will now require Theresa May to bring legislation on leaving the EU before Parliament. The MPs are expected to vote on the matter as soon as Thursday.
Brexit was originally decided by a popular referendum in June of last year that narrowly passed with around a one percent margin. Some of the judges in the high court felt that, despite the vote showing the will of the general public, that the decision violated the constitutional relationship between Parliament and the voters.
However, despite what those who brought the dissenting case on Brexit were hoping for it now seems unlikely that Parliament will stop the process of leaving the EU. Brexit already had six to one support amongst the MPs but there will be some negotiating of terms by opponents of the Tory government.
It seems the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn will try to make the largest changes to any Brexit legislation that Theresa May is likely to introduce. While Corbyn does support invoking article 50, he has said his party “will seek to amend the article 50 bill to prevent the Conservatives using Brexit to turn Britain into a bargain basement tax haven off the coast of Europe.” He also still wants more protections for U.K. citizens in the referendum package such as “the principles of full, tariff-free access to the single market and maintenance of workers’ rights and social and environmental protections.”
It looks as if the opponents of the Conservative party (but proponents of article 50) are seeking to avoid what many experts have termed a ‘hard Brexit.’ It is unlikely that this delay will stop Britain from leaving the EU, since it is being decided by politicians who will eventually have to run for office again.
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James Carey is an organizer based in Detroit, Michigan, founder of Geopolitics Alert, and an experienced analyst on Middle Eastern affairs with a particular focus on Turkey. He also covers topics ranging from Latin America and Asia to Europe. You can also hear James in his weekly podcast; The Left is Dead which he co-hosts with investigative journalist Jake Anderson.