Supreme Court to announce judgment over Brexit process

World - Mohit Shah - Jan 24,2017

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supreme court to announce judgment over brexit process

The Supreme Court would be offering the landmark judgment which will decide how the EU’s Article 50 exit clause is set off.

The landmark judgment would be declared at 09:30 GMT, which is primarily focused on deciding whether Parliament or ministers have the authority to begin the Brexit process.

The government argues that ministers have the power, however, the opponents say they require Parliament's approval to initiate the two years of negotiations.

If the ministers lose the appeal, they would have to request the Parliament to vote on legislation which provokes Article 50.  

The case was heard by all 11 justices over a period of four days in December. The outcome will not overturn the referendum result but will resolve which plan towards leaving the EU is more lawful.

The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, will read out a summary of the court's findings in a detailed session. Public members are allowed to attend and will be allotted seats in the courtroom, along with two adjacent rooms, on a first-come, first-serve basis starting from 09:00 GMT.

The case against the government was charged by hairdresser Deir Tozetti Dos Santos and investment manager Gina Miller.

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced she wants to invoke Article 50 by the end of March, framing in train negotiations over the provisions of the UK's exit.

Lawyers for the government argued on the basis that ministers could prompt Brexit under the Royal Prerogative, which provides executive powers to make or break treaties. However, the opposition lawyers said ministers hold no power to change the UK’s constitution because only an action taken by the Parliament can take away the rights as well as laws formed during the EU membership dating back to four decades.