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>> We reject the government's argument.>> With the Supreme Court decision that Article 50 must have Parliamentary approval, those opposed to Brexit have won a small battle but certainly not the war. I'm William James, Reuters' Political Correspondent in Westminster. Government is now in a situation where it needs to get parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50.
That means going through the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Now that will involve getting a majority vote through both. And the arithmetic involved in that is not necessarily straightforward. There are some parties who said they'll vote against it. Some who'll say they'll try and change any legislation that the government introduces.
And others who we don't know exactly what they're going to do. Cuz they weren't necessarily do what their party leaders tell them to. I think the important thing that we're going to see is we're going to see MPs asking for more oversight of this process. And when they say more oversight, they don't mean just so they can check the government's doing the right thing.
They mean so that they can impose their own agenda on what the government's trying to do. That means that you'll see the Labor Party pushing for more things like improved access to the single market or more control over access to the single market. You'll see the Liberal Democrats, a small party in parliament, asking for full single market access.
This is gonna be one of the key issues and it will keep coming up during this legislative process. But the point is, the government is likely to get this through. The math's are in their favor for passing it, its just what form it's passed in.>>
The opposition Labour Party have come out immediately after this and said that they won't seek to frustrate the triggering of Article 50, but they will seek to amend it.
Now that's not where the story ends, because labour is a very divided party. Not necessarily all the MPs support Jeremy Corbyn or agree with his stance on Article 50. So what we may see is a number of pro-EU, anti-Brexit, Labour MPs actually voting against triggering Article 50, a rebellion if you like.
That won't be on a scale to block the process but it will be embarrassing for Labour, and it could affect the ultimate shape of the legislation that's passed.