On January 24th, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the UK government would need parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50 of The Lisbon Treaty, setting in motion the negotiations of the UK’s exit from the European Union. On 1st February 2017, parliament voted in favour of doing so.
The government’s exit plan had been made public the previous week. It made clear that the version of ‘Brexit’ on the table is what has become known as ‘hard Brexit’, the main point being that the UK will seek to exit the single market for goods and services in order to gain independence from the European Court of Justice and abandon the free-movement of people principle. You can read the government’s white paper on the UK’s exit from the European Union here.
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