The Deadline For Invoking Article 50 Is Set | Europe
The United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, known within the United Kingdom as the EU referendumand the Brexit referendum, was a non-binding referendum that took place on Thursday 23 June 2016 in the UK and Gibraltar to gauge support for the country’s continued membership in the European Union.
The Prime Minister has set a deadline of March 31st for invoking Article 50 by notifying the European Council of Britain’s intention to leave the EU but first, the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its ruling on whether or not an Act of Parliament is required in order to trigger Article 50.
What is Article 50?
Never before has a state left the European Union. The rules for exit are contained in Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.
The Lisbon Treaty, became law in December 2009. The Lisbon Treaty is designed to make the EU “more democratic, more transparent and more efficient”. The Treaty is an agreement signed by the heads of state and governments of countries that are EU members.
1. Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.
Source: MP’s Can Veto Brexit.
A parliamentary vote is needed as Brexit will lead to UK citizens losing their rights under EU law.
The three High Court Judges – Baron Thomas of Cwmgieed, Sir Terence Etherton and Lord Justice Sales – insisted they were ‘not concerned with the merits of leaving the EU’, adding: ‘ This is a pure question of law’.
Judges expected to back High Court
In November, the High Court ruled that the government did not have the right to enter into negotiations with the EU surrounding Brexitwithout prior approval from Parliament – it was a decision that shocked ministers at the time.
Now, the Supreme Court is widely expected to back this ruling when it meets this week; however, the government is this time better prepared and will move to satisfy all the requirements of whatever the court decides is the most appropriate manner for triggering exit negotiations.
The United Kingdom did promise to repeal the EU Bill of Human Rights, and to introduce its own Human Rights Act.