Brexit legal challenge: The full judgment that ruled MPs must vote on Britain leaving EU

'Government does not have power under the Crown's prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50'

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Senior High Court judges have ruled UK MPs must vote on leaving the European Union in the most extraordinary and unexpected twist in the Brexit story.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas said Theresa May alone does "not have power" to trigger Article 50.

Lead campaigner Gina Miller, who brought the case, said the government should make the “wise decision of not appealing” and that the judgment was about “all our futures”.

The pound has also enjoyed a 1 per cent rise on the dollar, the biggest jump since August, in the aftermath.

The dramatic bombshell judgment has sparked outrage among pro-Brexit politicians, including Nigel Farage, who said “they have no idea the level of public anger they will provoke”.

The landmark ruling however surrounded a complicated network of unwritten constitution law and historical background.

Here, The Independent brings you the full 32-page judgment. And below, is the court's full two-page summary.

 

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