EDINBURGH, Scotland, Scotland will attempt to intervene against a Supreme Court appeal put ahead by government of the United Kingdom over the triggering of Article 50 to depart from the European Union.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday pledged that she would do all she can to keep Scotland in the EU, adding that she was not attempting to block England and Wales’ departure. Though 52 percent of the United Kingdom as a whole voted to leave the EU, Scotland voted 62 percent in favor of staying.
Scotland’s senior law officer, the Lord Advocate, will formally apply with the Supreme Court to intervene. Last week, the High Court ruled parliament must vote on whether the United Kingdom can start the process of leaving the EU — a ruling the government of U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said it would appeal to the Supreme Court.
The legal action was brought by several residents who challenged the legality of the government utilizing Article 50 of the Libson Treaty that triggers Britain’s exit from the bloc without consulting parliament. May has said she has the right to move ahead without parliamentary approval.
Scotland will seek to be heard during the appeals process, arguing the consent of Scottish Parliament should also be required before Article 50 is triggered, which would begin the formal process opening the two-year window for an exit from the EU.
Sturgeon said it “simply cannot be right” that benefits linked to EU membership “can be removed by the U.K. government on the say-so of a prime minister without parliamentary debate, scrutiny or consent.”