In mid January 2017, the Prime Minister set out a 12 point plan for Brexit that focused on getting a good deal for British businesses, regaining control of borders and ending the Jurisdiction of European courts.
Theresa May’s 12 point plan was:
The Prime Minister explained that her plans for Brexit would not include membership of the single market as this would require the UK to accept free movement of people – something she recognised was a driving factor in the UK voting against remaining in the EU. She said that she would seek “the greatest possible access to the single market on a reciprocal basis, through a comprehensive trade agreement”. She also said that she would ideally remain part of the customs agreement with the EU member states but that she had “open mind” over whether this would be through associate membership of the customs union or through some other arrangement.
The Supreme Court ruled by eight to three and they upheld November’s High Court ruling in which it was stated that it would be unlawful for the government to rely on executive powers to implement the outcome of last year’s referendum. It said a law would have to be passed to authorise Article 50 but the precise form such legislation should take was “entirely a matter” for Parliament.
The Government has since published its Bill to trigger Article 50 and the Labour party has responded by proposing a series of amendments. MPs will have just five days to debate the bill. Whilst many Labour party MPs are keen to vote against the bill, or at least, to amend it, Jeremy Corbyn has said that he will be calling a Three Line Whip and insisting that his party votes for the Bill.
Whatever happens, it looks like it will be a very eventful few weeks in British politics and one that will alter the course of history.