The UK can not leave the European Union without the permission of the British Parliament the High Court ruled yesterday, leaving MPs with the power to override the referendum result.
When Britain opted to leave the EU in the referendum back in June this did not automatically determine the countries exit as many believed. This has to be done by the UK formally triggering Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.
Robert Jenrick, Conservative MP for Newark constituency said: “If a vote on Brexit does occur, I will be voting to trigger Article 50, and respect the will of my constituents and the country as a whole. I will be encouraging my colleagues to do the same.”
He added: “At this stage, I see no reason to believe that Parliament will block the Brexit vote. The vast majority of my colleagues – including those who voted to remain – seem united in wishing to respect the will of the British People.”
23 June 2016 – Polling day for EU referendum
24 June 2016 – National declaration of Britain’s decision to leave the EU
11 July 2016 – Theresa May became the UK’s second female Prime Minister
March 2017 – Plans for Article 50 to be triggered by the end of March 2017
December 2018 – End of Brussels rule in Britain according to Brexit Secretary David Davis’s timetable.
In its 59-year history, no country has ever left the European Union and with Britain’s complex negotiations and Articles 50’s brief rules it far more complicated than perceived.
Gloria De Piero, Labour MP for the Ashfield Constituency says how the public’s vote must be respected. She said: “Ashfield voted overwhelmingly to leave the European Union and this is a vote which must be respected.”
“But there must be transparency and accountability as Brexit is negotiated and I will be pressing for a deal that works for Ashfield.”
She added: “Voters in Ashfield were clear that freedom of movement has to be changed, but were also clear that we need to protect the good jobs we have and bring more good jobs to the area.”