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Brexit ruling could spur snap UK election

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>> Enemies of the people, says the Daily Mail. Talk of a foreign plot against the British people in The Sun. Front pages reflecting the angry mood among backers of Brexit on Friday morning. That's 24 hours after a high court ruling threw the process of leaving into doubt. Three judges saying MPs must vote to approve starting the departure.
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That could delay exit by months or even years. Lawmakers could also force the government to reveal what kind of deal they're aiming for. And with a majority of MPs against Brexit, some fear it could even block the way out all together. Ministers are adamant that won't happen.>> The government is determined to respect the result of the referendum.
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This judgment raises important and complex matters of law. And it's right that we consider it carefully before deciding how to proceed.>> The government appeal likely to be heard by the Supreme Court next month. On Friday, Prime Minister Theresa May will talk to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
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She'll tell him that the government still intends to trigger Brexit by the end of March. But May's headache could yet get worse. A similar court case was defeated in Northern Ireland, but the claimants there could now appeal. And Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she is weighing her options.
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>> We'll be looking at the judgment very carefully. And, yes, we will actively consider whether or not there is a case for the Scottish government to become participants in that case.>> Now, some say May has only one way to reassert her authority, call a snap general election and ask the public to back her.
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So far, she's ruled that out, but the temptation may be growing.