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>> The British government doesn't want to have to seek Parliament's approval to begin divorce talks with the European union. And, is this week, at the Supreme Court, arguing it's case against having to do so. But Reuters research shows that, that may all be a waste of time because enough MP's would actually back, triggering Article 50, if it actually came to a vote in Parliament.
I'm Reuters political correspondent Kylie McClelland in Westminster. May has argued that she has the power to invoke Article 50 without Parliament's approval. Last month the High Court ruled that that was not the case, that she did indeed need to get the backing of Parliament. So she is now appealing that decision at the Supreme Court and a decision is due in January.
Well some MPs say they may seek to amend any bill that comes to Parliament to add conditions over the government's Brexit negotiations. If it comes down to a simple vote on triggering or not triggering article 50, enough say that they are willing to respect the referendum result and back the government's plan to kick off divorce talks with the EU.
Given my research shown that Theresa May would have enough support in Parliament to get a bill through is unclear why she is pursuing the Supreme Court appeal. Some have argued it could be a delaying tactic on the part of the government to give it more time to prepare for negotiations, but it's likely that it's just a point of principle.
Theresa May believes that she has the power to trigger Article 50 without Parliament's approval, and she wants to go ahead and do that.>>