Will she or won't she? The Telegraph says Theresa May will not allow Parliament to vote on Brexit - but isn't that unconstitutional?

Will she or won’t she? The Telegraph says Theresa May will not allow Parliament to vote on Brexit – but isn’t that unconstitutional? [Composite: The Telegraph.]

It is true that all referenda in the UK are advisory – that is, they do not compel the government to follow the decision.

The fact that they show what the British public wants sends a very strong message, though, and any government would be foolish to ignore it.

But it is important that the correct processes are observed.

It would be unconstitutional for Mrs May to invoke Article 50, the formal trigger for negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, without a vote in Parliament.

This Writer can’t understand why she would want to do otherwise.

‘Remain’-supporting MPs might wish to voice their disapproval, but it could be a career-ending move for any of them to openly defy the democratically-achieved decision of the people.

That’s something Owen Smith may have forgotten, but then his career will come to a sudden end very soon, in any case.

Theresa May will not hold a parliamentary vote on Brexit before opening negotiations to formally trigger Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Opponents of Brexit claim that because the EU referendum result is advisory it must be approved by a vote in the Commons before Article 50 – the formal mechanism to leave the EU – is triggered.

But sources say that because Mrs May believes that “Brexit means Brexit” she will not offer opponents the opportunity to stall Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.

Mrs May has consulted Government lawyers who have told the Prime Minister she has the executive power to invoke Article 50 and begin the formal process of exiting the European Union without a vote in Parliament.

Her decision will come as a blow to Remain campaigners, who had been hoping to use Parliament to delay or halt Brexit entirely.

Source: Theresa May will trigger Brexit negotiations without Commons vote


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