No 10: High Court ruling does not change plan for Article 50

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3rd November 2016

The Prime Minister’s spokeswoman said the Government would not change its plan to trigger Article 50 by the end of March despite the High Court ruling that it should consult Parliament first. 

“Our plan remains to invoke Article 50 by the end of March. We believe the legal timetable should allow for that. We are very clear that the British people made a decision in a referendum with the largest turnout ever, backed by Parliament, and it is the job of Government to get on with delivering the decision of the British people.”

She explained why the Government disagreed with the court’s judgment.

“We’ve always been clear that this is a matter for the Government, that it’s constitutionally proper and lawful to give effect to the referendum result by prerogative powers. The point I’ve been making and would continue to make is: this was a referendum that was backed by an act of Parliament, that was backed...