Barry Gardiner MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Europe, Energy & Climate Change, commenting on reports that Theresa May may use Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 without parliament, said:
“Those commentators who argue that the Prime Minister should circumvent a parliamentary vote and use the Royal Prerogative to leave the EU should consider what constitutional precedent they seek to invoke.
"The logic of saying the Prime Minister can trigger Article 50 without first setting out to parliament the terms and basis upon which her government seeks to negotiate; indeed without even indicating the red lines she will seek to protect, would be to diminish parliament and assume the arrogant powers of a Tudor monarch.
"Parliament cannot be sidelined from the greatest constitutional change our country has debated in forty years."
Notes to Editors:Mr Gardiner's comments follow media reports that government lawyers have advised the Prime Minister that the consent of Parliament is not required to trigger Article 50 and that the Prime Minister may consider asserting Royal Prerogative