A British court ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May cannot trigger Article 50 on her own. The BBC:
Parliament must vote on whether the UK can start the process of leaving the EU, the High Court has ruled.
This means the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – beginning formal exit negotiations with the EU – on its own.
Theresa May says the referendum – and existing ministerial powers – mean MPs do not need to vote, but campaigners called this unconstitutional.
The government is appealing, with a further hearing expected next month.
If the decision is upheld on appeal, it means that Remain MPs will have a say on when and whether to trigger Article 50. The expectation is that these MPs would hold off on triggering Article 50 until they felt Brexit negotiations had concluded satisfactorily, i.e. in a way that didn’t totally cut the UK off from the European market.
Will an injection of parliamentary politics force May to back off her hardline stance? (Earlier this week, the big Brexit news was that May is preparing to meet Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.) Only time will tell, but many already believe May’s rhetoric is just that. Her government is still dealing with fallout from news that the carmaker Nissan received “secret” reassurances about the kind of access to European markets it can expect post-Brexit.
The only thing which can be said with any confidence is that London’s approach to Brexit remains scattershot; it’s foolish to read too much into any particular meeting or piece of news. 10 Downing probably doesn’t know much better how this will work out than anyone else does.