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The Article 50 ruling: Are we nearly there yet?

Well, in short, it’s not far now. We continue to wait for a Judgment from the Supreme Court, to decide whether Theresa May can trigger Article 50 of the European Treaty without recourse to the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

While we await this important Judgment, Theresa May has made a much leaked and much publicised speech, notably not before Parliament. Much like the Article 50 ruling itself, the speech has polarised opinions along familiar leave and remain lines.

The current constitutional ambiguity is not reflected in the speech.  To quote the speech, “the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union.” The speech had a friendly but firm tone referring to our European ‘friends’ many times, but in the twelve objectives to negotiation, it was made it clear “no deal […] was better than a bad deal”.

Coincidentally, that afternoon, the date and time has been set when we can expect all eleven Justices of the Supreme Court to hand down Judgment: 9.30am on Tuesday 24th January 2017.

So it appears, at least in regard to this landmark constitutional ruling, the journey is nearly at an end. Where the UK goes from there is another interesting journey, yet to be begun.

Image courtesy of The Press Association Twitter account

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