>> No mandate for hard Brexit.>> A major legal challenge to Brexit gets its verdict Thursday. The high court in London will rule whether the UK can leave the EU without the explicit backing of Parliament.>> Brexit does mean Brexit.>> Prime Minister Theresa May has vowed to begin divorce proceedings by March and say, she has the authority to do so.
But campaigners say only parliament has that right and as such, MPs should get a vote. That would mean, they could delay Brexit or in theory, block it altogether. Investors think lawmakers would at least steer the country away from the most extreme options which would see Britain booted out of the single market.
May has suggested her challengers are trying to subvert democracy, ignoring the 52% of the UK who voted in June to exit the EU. The government’s top lawyer also says, that once the divorce is triggered through a process known as Article 50, there's no going back. However, Lord Kerr, the author of that clause has told the BBC that the UK could change its mind even after negotiations have begun.
Either way, Thursday's ruling won't end the debate whichever side loses is expected to appeal to the Supreme Court