After a decision of London’s High Court to be grant the parliament to invoke the article 50 to starts the Brexit. British Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “clear” she expects to start talks on leaving the EU as planned by the end of March.
The prime minister also played down the chances of an early general election, saying the next one “should” take place as scheduled in 2020.
The government is appealing against the High Court’s decision that MPs and peers should vote on triggering Brexit.
Mrs May said judges should “specify how” the vote might happen, if ministers are defeated again.
Opposition Labour Party has said it will not attempt to delay or scupper this process.
In Westminster, Brexit Secretary David Davis gave the government’s official response to the High Court’s ruling, telling MPs the referendum result “must be respected and delivered”.
He added: “There must be no attempt to remain inside the EU now, attempting it behind the back door or a second referendum.”
For Labour, shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Parliament had to have a vote on the issue, as it was “sovereign” and, because of this, “that scrutiny matters”. However, his party would not “frustrate” the process of invoking Article 50, he added.
He told MPs the government’s approach was “unravelling” in an “ugly way”, adding: “We saw a series of appalling personal attacks on the judges, including the suggestion that they were ‘enemies of the people’.” This was a reference to a headline used in the Daily Mail on Friday – the day after the High Court’s decision.
Davis insisted that “we believe in and value the independence of our judiciary”, but defended the freedom of the press. “Both these things underpin our democracy,” he said.
Conclusion: The fight of Brexit goes on.