24 January 2017
Business leaders in Birmingham have urged the Government to set out its timeline for the Brexit process following today’s Supreme Court ruling over the activation of Article 50.
Supreme Court judges ruled by a majority of eight to three that the Government requires an act of Parliament before Article 50 can be triggered.
However, the court also ruled that the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies do not need to be consulted.
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner (pictured) said: "One of the outstanding questions about the next steps for the UK’s exit from the EU has now been answered, we now know there will have to be an Act of Parliament before the Government can activate Article 50. We would urge the Government to publish their timeline for bringing this forward as soon as possible.
"I applaud the judges for making a decision based strictly on legal precedence and constitutional principles.
"The independence of the judiciary in the UK is something to be celebrated. As Lord Neuberger made clear, today’s decision was not about whether the UK should leave the EU but the correct and legal way forward."
Dr Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce , said: "The practical impact of this ruling, not the political intricacies, is what interests business communities across the UK.
"What businesses will want to know is whether this ruling will affect either the terms of the government's approach, or the timeline that firms across the UK have been told to expect.
"Businesses will also want to see action to ensure that this further political wrinkle does not add further to the volatility of exchange rates."