Rennie: No parliamentary vote risks a constitutional crisis


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie MSP today called on the Scottish Government to follow the lead of the Welsh Government in joining the court case to ensure that the decision to trigger Article 50 does not proceed without a parliamentary vote.

The comments come after the Counsel General for Wales asked the UK Supreme Court to hear the Welsh Government's arguments against the UK Government's wish to trigger the process of leaving the European Union without parliamentary approval.

Commenting Mr Rennie said:

 “The Scottish Government should join the Welsh Government in the legal action against the unjust and undemocratic use of the Royal Prerogative to invoke Article 50.

“The Supreme Court’s decision on this matter will have a profound impact here in Scotland. Theresa May should listen to the high court ruling yesterday and not trigger Article 50 without a vote in parliament. Acting without the approval of Parliament risks plunging the UK into a constitutional crisis.

“The Brexit vote was not an overwhelming decision. The British public voted narrowly to leave the European Union but they did not vote as to what Brexit will look like. Liberal Democrats believe that voting for a departure is different to voting for a destination and the UK Government must recognise this and make sure a democratic process is put in place that listens and responds to the democratic will of the people. “


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