Does the Supreme Court ruling pose a threat to Brexit?

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Does the Supreme Court ruling pose a threat to Brexit?

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On the 24th of January, it was decided by the Supreme Court that Parliament will be required to give its approval before official talks on leaving the EU can start. The Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger stated: "By a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court today rules that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of Parliament authorising it to do so.’ He stated that “the referendum is of great political significance, but the Act of Parliament authorising it did not say what would happen afterwards,” Moreover that the ruling was made so that “any change in the law to give effect to the referendum must be made in the only way permitted by the UK constitution, namely by an Act of Parliament. To proceed otherwise would be a breach of settled constitutional principles stretching back many centuries." Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General claimed that the Government was quite "disappointed" by the Supreme Courts’ decision, however it would "comply with the judgement of the court and do all that is necessary to implement it". However, the ruling is a victory for Gina Miller who brought the case against the Government, funded by The Peoples' Challenge organisation, who called themselves a group of "concerned EU citizens". For the bill to pass, both the House of Commons and the House of Lords will have to vote in favour. Mark D'Arcy, the BBC Parliamentary correspondent, expects the bill to pass through the House of Commons by mid-February, and through the House of Lords by late March. With new found power to potentially overrule Brexit, will the Government have a sudden change of heart?

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