Supreme Court gives Parliament a say in Brexit, China furious over Donald Trump’s South China Sea comments
The Supreme Court has ruled that U.K. Parliament must vote on whether or not Theresa May’s government can start the process of leaving the European Union.
The Supreme Court ruling means that the U.K. government cannot begin the Brexit process with the EU until the Parliament gives the green light. However, the Parliament’s vote is still expected to meet the government’s 31 March deadline.
The court also ruled that the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies didn’t have a say in the Brexit voting. Many campaigners for the Parliament vote argued that denying the Parliament a vote would be a breach of U.K. constitutional principles.
The campaigners also argue that triggering Article 50, which would set off formal Brexit negotiations, brings dramatic changes to previous U.K. law. The government, meanwhile, argues that under the Royal Prerogative it doesn’t need to ask for Parliament’s permission to start the Brexit process.
In fact, the government reminded that the Parliament had voted overwhelmingly to let the British people decide on the issue. And they did last June during the historic referendum on leaving the EU.
After the ruling, Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the government was “disappointed” but insisted that it will “comply” with the ruling and do “all that is necessary” to start the Brexit process.
“The British people voted to leave the EU, and the government will deliver on their verdict - triggering Article 50, as planned, by the end of March,” a Downing Street spokesman said. “Today's ruling does nothing to change that.”
In other news, America has its own Brexit, or rather, Trumpxit.
On Monday, the new U.S. President Donald Trump has refueled U.S.-China tensions after vowing his country would prevent China from seizing territories in international waters in the South China Sea.
The statement prompted a furious response from the Chinese government. On Tuesday, the Chinese foreign ministry said China would “remain firm to defend its rights in the region,” according to the BBC.
The Chinese state-controlled media has previously said that any attempts from the U.S. to violate China’s “indisputable sovereignty” over parts of the South China Sea would be deemed as an act of war.
While the 44th U.S. President Barack Obama refused to get involved in the conflict, his administration did send B-52 bombers and a naval destroyer to the South China Sea last year.
Several nations claim the territory in the South China Sea, which serves as an important shipping route and is rich in resources.
MYC Bulletin Writer: Polina Tikhonova