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Brexit article 50 battle heard in court

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>> London's High Court is deciding on who has the power to trigger Article 50, the formal divorce proceedings that will get Britain to leave the European Union. I'm Michael Holden, senior correspondent with Reuters, outside London's High Court where the government has been unveiling its case. The government is basically saying there's nothing within the Constitution that says Parliament should have a say over matters like this.
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It's a common constitutional acceptance that the government can make decisions regarding foreign treaties. That they're not something that have to all approved by Parliament immediately. What the claimants are hoping to do is, they're hoping to force the government to accept that Parliament must debate and vote on whether, when, and how to trigger Article 50, the formal process by which Britain will leave the European Union.
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They've already given indications that the verdict will come very soon, possibly by the end of the month. It's very likely that whoever loses will launch an appeal. That will go straight to the Supreme Court, the highest judicial body in the land. And they have decided that there will a decision, one way or the other, by the end the year.