Last week, the High Court ruled that the Government cannot rely on the Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 of the EU Treaty to start the process of leaving the EU. Instead, the High Court ruled that the government must seek the votes of the House of Commons and the House of Lords to trigger Article 50.
Victoria Atkins MP has made clear that should this question be put before the House of Commons, she will vote to trigger Article 50.
“The Government is mounting an appeal against the High Court's judgment. The Prime Minister is determined to stick to the timetable she set at Conservative Party Conference, namely that Article 50 will be triggered by the end of March 2017.
If I am called upon to vote on the issue of whether to trigger Article 50, I will vote to trigger it.”
The Government has mounted an appeal against the ruling and the Supreme Court is expected to hear the appeal next month.