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Old 13.09.2016, 23:47
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

Looks as if the House of Lords may throw a spanner in the works of the plan to invoke Article 50 without the consent of parliament.

House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution: The invoking of Article 50 (13 September 2016)

"27. In our representative democracy, it is constitutionally appropriate that Parliament should take the decision to act following the referendum. This means that Parliament should play a central role in the decision to trigger the Article 50 process, in the subsequent negotiation process, and in approving or otherwise the final terms under which the UK leaves the EU. …

43. We consider it constitutionally appropriate that the assent of both Houses be sought for the triggering of Article 50. ...


54. The referendum result was clear. Parliament is now responsible for ensuring that the Government takes forward the complex process of negotiating the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union in a manner that achieves the best possible outcome for the UK as a whole. The focus must now be on how Parliament and the Government will work together to that end.

55. That co-operation should start now. Parliament and the Government should, at this early stage, take the opportunity to establish their respective roles and how they will work together during the negotiation process. The constitutional roles of each—the Executive and the Legislature—must be respected, beginning with parliamentary involvement and assent for the invoking of Article 50.
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