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Scotland seeks to block Brexit talks without its approval

Scotland seeks to block Brexit talks without its approval

The UK government has already indicated its intention to appeal the High Court decision, which is likely to be held in the Supreme Court in December.

For the first time all 11 of the Supreme Court's justices will sit on the appeal panel which will be chaired by its president, Lord Neuberger.

It also said that, "Judgment will be reserved at the conclusion of that hearing and follow at a later date, probably in the New Year".

The British government said on Tuesday it would appeal this week against a High Court ruling that the prime minister can not start the process of leaving the European Union without parliament's approval.

She used a Sunday Telegraph column to say her government will "get on with the job" despite a High Court ruling requiring her to seek parliamentary approval before triggering the exit process.

She said Scotland's top legal official, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland, would make a formal application to the top court.

The shadow Brexit secretary has said Labour will not block the triggering of Article 50 but warned the Government must show MPs its "basic plan" for leaving the European Union first.

Perhaps Mr Corbyn should have been more engaged with the referendum from the outset, including whether the June 23 vote was advisory or binding before the High Court ruled last Thursday that Parliament would have to sanction the triggering of the aforementioned Article 50.

Sky News quoted sources on Monday as saying the government was preparing a bill, legislation that will have to be considered in both houses of parliament in what could be a lengthy process and potentially delay May's timetable.

"Holding a vote in Parliament at the soonest opportunity, will render the Supreme Court appeal irrelevant".

It comes after Nicola Sturgeon announced her government is trying to meddle in the British Government's bid to overturn a legal ruling which made clear that MPs must approve the formal triggering of Brexit.

"This is not an attempt to veto that process, but the democratic wishes of the people of Scotland and the views of the national parliament in Scotland can not simply be brushed aside as if they don't matter".

Sturgeon, who heads the pro-independence Scottish National Party, has said she may seek a mandate for independence if Scotland is forced out of the bloc, and its single market of 500 million people.

Although 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the EU, a 62-percent majority in Scotland voted to remain, straining the three-century old union between London and Edinburgh.