Brexit isn’t exactly off to a great start. In another blow to Theresa May’s negotiating strategy, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has ruled against the British government on the question of whether or not Parliament should be given a vote before Article 50 can be triggered and the UK can formally begin the Brexit process.
It is highly unlikely that the House of Commons (where Theresa May’s Conservative party has a majority) will try to prevent the government from triggering Article 50 entirely. However, a coalition of pro-European Tories and Labour MPs might try to attach amendments to any bill, potentially softening the impact of Brexit.
Some critics believe that the British Parliament (with the collusion of the judiciary) is attempting to frustrate the will of the people. They believe that Theresa May has been given a strong mandate by the referendum. However, many are alarmed by the tone of the debate – with independent judges being politicised and dubbed ‘enemies of the people’ by a hostile press.
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