>> A blow to the British Prime Minister's Brexit plans.>> By a majority of 8 to 3 the Supreme Court rules that the government cannot trigger Article 50.>> The UK's highest court rejecting the British government's plans to use executive powers to begin their divorce with the EU.
>> The decision taken here by the Supreme Court means it's now a numbers game just over the road in the Houses of Parliament. I'm Reuters' Jake Bruce, in Westminster, where the government now mustered the support for a bid in parliament to actually activate Article 50.>> That means opposition parties will have a say.
But in a silver lining for Prime Minister Theresa May, Scottish, Welsh and Irish devolved assemblies won't. That news sending the pound tumbling against the euro and dollar. The government maintains the ruling won't push back their March timetable of starting divorce proceedings, saying the finer details won't be up for debate.
>> The majority made clear that we only need a simple, concise, short bill authorizing the beginning where negotiations proceed. So I don't think when it get the kind of amendments in the wrecking tactics some of suggested or hinted at. And I think now it's the responsibility of every democrat in parliament to authorize the government to begin these negotiations so we get the best deal for the country.
>> Laborers spinning the verdict differently.>> Specifying they won't frustrate the process but might seek to amend the bill. Contrary to the government, Labor want access to the EU Single Market. And smaller anti-Brexit opposition parties say they'll put up even more of a fight. To avoid being tard with the undemocratic brush, lawmakers still look set to back a Brexit bill.
But it's likely to be different to what the government originally had in mind.