British Prime Minister Theresa May spoke Friday with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker following Thursday’s High Court judgement on triggering Britain’s exit from the European Union, according to an official statement.
Three judges in London ruled that May’s government does not have the authority to trigger the departure process known as article 50 without first taking it to the British parliament.
A Downing Street spokesperson said in a brief statement Friday: “The PM explained to both Chancellor Merkel and President Juncker that while the government was disappointed with the judgment, it had strong legal arguments ahead of the case moving to the Supreme Court.
“The PM also confirmed that the government’s planned timetable for notification of Article 50 remains unchanged,” the statement added.
May has already announced she wants to trigger Article 50 by the end of next March which would mean Britain leaving the EU in March 2019.
The decision in the court Thursday could throw May’s timetable into chaos, with some politicians already indicating delays when the issue comes before the Houses of Parliament.
The government will be urging the Supreme Court, the highest court in England, to overturn Thursday’s ruling. The appeal will be heard by all 11 law lords early December, with a decision expected early January.
The Downing Street spokesperson added: “Later today the PM expects to speak to both President Hollande (the French President) and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.”