The 11 Supreme Court justices tasked with the Article 50 hearing, have ruled that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an act of Parliament. Theresa May and the government will now have to formally give Parliament the option to trigger Article 50. The government will now also have to quickly put together a proposal for the exiting of the EU, in order to meet their self-imposed timeline to trigger Article 50 by March 2017.
The earlier high court decision had initially ruled that Parliament must be consulted, and has final say on leaving the European Union, and that the government alone cannot lead the process. This hearing was then brought to the Supreme Court that announced their decision today.
Theresa May was told about the result of the hearing 15 minutes prior to the public, but has yet to respond. The Prime Minister will now have to hastily put a bill through Parliament in order to start the proceedings, as the government has previously stated they intend to trigger Article 50 by March 2017.
The historic grouping of countries that began 1st January 1973 as the European Economic Community, will most likely begin to be dissolved by Parliament starting this year, however the path now looks very different than it did yesterday.