CNN is reporting that the U.K.’s Hight Court ruled the government must seek Parliament’s authority to trigger Article 50 of the EU treaty, effectively putting the kibosh on a quick path to Brexit.
The U.K. High Court ruled that lawmakers should vote on whether the government can begin the formal Brexit process by triggering Article 50 of the EU treaty.
Experts say parliament is unlikely to block Brexit outright. But the ruling could mean Brexit is delayed, and lawmakers may get a chance to influence what kind of deal the government negotiates with the EU.
The highest court in the U.K., Britain’s Supreme Court, will likely hear the government’s appeal in December, but this development puts the brakes on a quick implementation timeline for Brexit.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, said he feared voters would be betrayed.
“I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50,” he said. “If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke.”
The voice of the people, apparently, is not sufficient to overcome the all-powerful elites in government, the courts, and the media, who mainly opposed Brexit. By hook or by crook, they seem intent on stopping the process.