Responding to the Supreme Court ruling, by 8 votes to 3, that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an Act of parliament, Molly Scott Cato MEP, Green Party spokesperson on EU relations, said:

“The supreme court has ruled out a blank cheque Brexit signed off by the right wing of the Tory Party. Theresa May must now be prepared to listen to the wide range of voices and views on our future relationship with Europe, represented by our elected members of Parliament.

“The damaging path the May government want to lead us down, of removing the UK from the single market, exiting the customs union, ending free movement and failing to uphold important environmental legislation, means progressive MPs cannot support the triggering of article 50 at this stage.

“Theresa May must now provide assurances that her government is pursuing a plan that protects the UK’s economic interests, safeguards jobs, protects our environment and guarantees we do not enter a race to the bottom on corporate tax rates. Only then can we begin to work towards a constructive rather than a destructive future relationship with our European neighbours”.

“We must also push for an amendment for a ‘ratification referendum’ so that the final deal agreed between the EU and the UK can be put to the people. That will ensure that people are really able to take back control.”

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