Wednesday 21 August 2019

British PM May could face new legal challenge

Businesswoman Gina Miller successfully forced Theresa May to bring Brexit to parliament. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Businesswoman Gina Miller successfully forced Theresa May to bring Brexit to parliament. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Shaun Connolly

A fresh legal challenge to triggering Brexit could be launched unless British Prime Minister Theresa May allows the House of Lords to vote on the issue.

Businesswoman Gina Miller, who helped bring the action which saw the High Court insist the Commons must vote on invoking Article 50, has said the upper House of Parliament also needs a "proper debate".

Ms Miller said that if the Supreme Court rejected the Government appeal against the High Court ruling, Mrs May should not try to bypass the Lords.

"[There needs to be] proper debate in both houses and an act of parliament. A resolution or a motion wouldn't be debated in both houses," the businesswoman said.

Such a move could present a major headache for Mrs May as the British government does not have a majority in the Lords.

The Supreme Court is expected to announce its Article 50 ruling early in January.

Any further legal move after that could affect Mrs May's plans to formally begin the Brexit process before the end of March.

Irish Independent

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