The Supreme Court ruling is in, and it could change the course of Brexit.

The Supreme Court has now ruled by a majority of eight to three that the government is unable to trigger Brexit by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty through the use of the royal prerogative – that is, without the express consent of parliament. The case followed the High Court ruling against the government in R (Miller) vs Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

The outcome had been expected for weeks, with many going so far as to predict a split decision. It came after the EU links of the unelected lawyers were exposed, with calls across the spectrum for President of the Court, David Neuberger, to stand aside because of his wife’s open contempt for the democratic process. She denounced referendums as ‘mad and bad’ in an infantile rage after the national vote didn’t go the way she wanted.

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