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May Will Trigger Brexit Without Parliament
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May Will Trigger Brexit Without Parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May will not hold a parliamentary vote on Brexit before formally triggering Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Saturday, without specifying sources, that May will not offer opponents the opportunity to stall the withdrawal and has consulted lawyers who say she has the power to invoke the exit without a parliamentary vote. A majority of 650 lawmakers had declared themselves "Remainers", Reuters reported.

Opponents maintain that since the EU referendum result is not legally binding, elected lawmakers should review the vote before the process is started.

The UK voted to leave the EU on June 23, but May has said she will not invoke Article 50, the formal two-year process for divorce from the bloc, before the end of the year to allow time to prepare the exit strategy. No one at the prime minister's office was available to comment.

Senior members of the opposition Labor party have suggested that the issue could be subject to a vote by lawmakers or even a second public vote, and a law firm has initiated a legal challenge. Two months ago, 52% of Britons opted to leave the EU, but since then the process and what it could mean has been shrouded in uncertainty because the exit is unprecedented.

Gus O'Donnell, a former head of the civil service—the UK's professional administrative departments, said he hoped that by the time Britain leaves the EU it could be part of a "more loosely aligned" EU bloc because the process will take "years and years and years".

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