16:46 Nov. 8, 2016
Before triggering Brexit, Downing street must seek Scottish Parliament approval
Scotland's autonomous government will ask the Britain's Supreme Court to prevent Prime Minister Theresa May from launching the process on leaving the EU without preliminary consultations with the Scottish parliament, the Associated Press reports.
According to PM Theresa May, actual Brexit will be launched before March 31st by triggering Article 50 of the EU treaty governing the corresponding legal process. However, in compliance with the country's Supreme Court's latest decision, it is the Parliament who possesses the ultimate say on the decision like Brexit, in contrast to the Cabinet.
The consent of the Scottish Parliament should be sought before Article 50 is triggered, the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday.
The government is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling, and hearings are due next month, the agency also reports.
The United Kingdom voted in favour of leaving the EU at the June referendum. However, the country's provinces outside England particularly Scotland, voted predominantly against Brexit.