What is the significance of holding a vote before UK Parliament to invoke Article 50 in comparison to Royal Prerogative?

2018-08-19 22:09:44

In one of most important constitutional cases of modern times, the

Supreme Court ruled by a majority of 8 to 3 that the prime minister

cannot use royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 and start the UK’s

two-year exit from the EU. (Supreme Court rules MPs must vote on triggering Brexit)

A supreme court ruling ensured that the MP's that don't belong to the devolved governments of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland would need to be legally consulted before invoking Article 50. What does it change in comparison to Theresa May using Royal Prerogative to invoke Article 50?

By using the Royal Prerogative May would have been able to unilaterally invoke Article 50 without the chance for other MPs to object. Without it the MPs can now force a block on the triggering of Article 50 by means of a vote in parliament. That means May may not be able to actually trigger Article 50 as promised.

This is a stark difference to the previous claims of May's government tha

  • By using the Royal Prerogative May would have been able to unilaterally invoke Article 50 without the chance for other MPs to object. Without it the MPs can now force a block on the triggering of Article 50 by means of a vote in parliament. That means May may not be able to actually trigger Article 50 as promised.

    This is a stark difference to the previous claims of May's government that Article 50 will definitely be triggered in a timely manner and there is no chance of it not being triggered.

    2018-08-19 22:55:50