Britain’s plan to leave the European Union suffered a setback today when a senior court ruled that British Prime Minister Theresa May will have to get the approval of Parliament before she implements the so-called “Brexit,” The Washington Post reports.
“The surprise decision introduced new uncertainty to a process already fraught with complication and threatened to derail May’s timetable of triggering Article 50, the never-before-used mechanism for exiting the EU, by the end of March,” The Post reports. “It also boosted the odds that the prime minister, in office only since July, will have to call a fresh election next year to win the mandate she needs to launch EU divorce talks.”
Pro-Brexit politicians condemned the ruling, warning of a possible backlash from voters who thought the issue was decided when they voted back in June to exit the EU.
“Pro-EU leaders, meanwhile, showered the ruling with praise, and the pound jumped on hopes that Brexit might be postponed — or somehow avoided altogether,” The Post reports.