Theresa May’s government will have to consult Parliament before triggering Article 50. The ruling by three of England’s top judges comes as a blow to the Prime Minister, who intended to begin Brexit negotiations under royal prerogative.
Reporter: Maria Llamas Diaz | Sub-editor: Daniel Khalili-Tari
Following the ruling, there have been calls for a snap election
Campaigners, including Gina Miller, took legal action which led to the High Court’s decision. Miller, said “this had to be done” when commenting on the verdict and said the case was motivated by her fear of the UK’s potential “treacherous future”.
Brexiteers have reacted with anger. Former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, tweeted:
I now fear every attempt will be made to block or delay triggering Article 50. They have no idea level of public anger they will provoke.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) November 3, 2016
The pound has risen sharply since the ruling.
The government is expected to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.