UK Parliament to vote on Brexit

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Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled that the UK government must hold a vote in parliament before beginning the process of leaving the European Union.

The decision is a complication for Prime Minister Theresa May, who wanted to trigger Article 50 — the legal mechanism that begins the process of leaving the EU — by the end of March.

Doing so will open the door for EU negotiations, which are likely to last two years.

May has promised lawmakers a vote on the outcome of the talks, but wanted to begin the process without a decision in parliament.

The government must now introduce legislation to the House of Commons, which could delay May’s timetable.

The government had appealed a November High Court decision and Supreme Court judges deliberated the case over four days in December before giving their verdict Tuesday.

May became UK Prime Minister following David Cameron’s resignation, after failing to secure enough votes to remain in EU.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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