Brexit: Theresa May under pressure after SC ruling, forced to put a bill

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (not shown) speak to journalists after their bilateral meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, November 2, 2016. Reuters/Kirsty Wigglesworth/pool

Theresa May is under pressure as Britain's Supreme Court forces her to put a bill before parliament to give pro-European Union politicians a chance to alleviate the terms of Brexit. The SC has insisted that parliament has to vote on whether the government has the ability to trigger the process of leaving the EU without consulting its members.

The SC ruling deals a serious blow to May’s government. She will now have to give parliament the chance to vote on whether to generate Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty so EU withdrawal can formally begin. SC judges have eliminated an obstacle for the government, which is the nod of Britain’s assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

May had said that she would utilise the centuries-old powers known as royal prerogative to appeal to Article 50. The powers allow decisions about treaties and other issues to be created without a vote of parliament.

Davis has advised the parliament that they will introduce legislation to give the government the legal power to trigger Article 50 within days. He is looking at the legislation as the most straightforward bill to respect the people’s decision, as well as the judgment of the SC.

Supreme Court judges have decided that eight to three MPs has to nod the decision. Brexit secretary David Davis has already warned that tightly drafted legislation will be punished.

Last week, the prime minister has started negotiations and assured a clean break with the world’s largest trading bloc. This is in line with the 12-point plan to focus on global free trade deals.

UK Attorney General Jeremy Wright has admitted that the government was disappointed with the outcome. Speaking outside the Supreme Court, he assured that the government would follow the judgement of the SC and do everything in its power to implement it.