Following the Supreme Court decision on Article 50 today (24 January), Karin Smyth commented:
“I welcome the ruling of the Supreme Court today that Parliament, not the Prime Minister, has the power to trigger article 50. It is now up to the Prime Minister to present to Parliament legislation which must allow constructive amendments and proper parliamentary scrutiny.
Triggering Article 50 is, of course, the start of a process and MPs must be able to vote on Britain’s final negotiating position before any deal is signed.
It is disappointing that we have not had much further clarity from the Government today. Last week’s speech was not a plan and we will continue to press the Government to bring its plan before Parliament.”