THERESA MAY is ‘confident’ her government can get its way on Brexit in the Supreme Court after Britain’s top judges ruled that Parliament must vote on triggering Article 50.
Downing Street has insisted that their appeal to overturn the High Court ruling and grant May the power to Brexit will go ahead and will be won.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “We are very confident we will win in the Supreme Court.
“We remain of the firm belief that we have strong legal arguments ahead of the case which will be moving to the Supreme Court next month.”
The concluding statements in the High Court ruling said that the government’s arguments to forbid MPs from voting on Brexit had been contrary to ‘fundamental constitutional principles of the sovereignty of Parliament’.
The judges said: “The court does not accept the argument put forward by the government. There is nothing in the text of the 1972 Act [to join the EU] to support it.”
Legal commentators have predicted that the Government will lose again in the Supreme Court – a case pencilled in for December 7, with a judgement due in January.
The High Court ruling was made by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, and Lord Justice Sales, the Lord Justice of Appeal.
The Supreme Court case will be scrutinised by a panel of 12 justices, headed by Lord David Neuberger of Abbotsbury, its President.
It is not yet known if the government will change their arguments or try a different strategy.