The British government’s legal reasons for stating that Prime Minister Theresa May had the power to begin divorce proceedings from the European Union without parliament’s authority were made public for the first time on Wednesday.
In its submission ahead of a Brexit court challenge next month, the government argued that it had been “unequivocal” that the outcome of June’s referendum would be respected and that constitutionally a decision to withdraw from the bloc was a power that only ministers could take on behalf of the monarchy.
A series of claims have been brought to force May and her MPs to accept parliament must trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal exit procedure.
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