MPs have voted to back the government's timetable to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and formally start the withdrawal from the European Union by the end of March 2017 by a majority of 461 votes to 89. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court appeal on whether the Government can start Brexit by means of the royal prerogative alone has reached its final day. To discuss this, Professor Ian Cram, Constitutional Law Expert from Leeds University, joined Share Radio.
Dan Hodges, Political commentator at the Mail on Sunday, joined Share Radio Breakfast to give his weekly politics round-up. Dan gives a timetable for Brexit, and looks at how the Supreme Court case will affect proceedings.
It’s day three of the politically sensitive appeal that will decide whether the government or parliament has legitimate authority to trigger Brexit. On Tuesday, Lord Pannick QC opened the argument on behalf of the lead claimant, Gina Miller, labelling the government’s assertion that it was entitled to use its prerogative powers to trigger Article 50 as “inherently implausible”. So, what might we expect from day three? David Mundy, Partner and Parliamentary Agent at Westminster based law firm Bircham Dyson Bell, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss.
Seijiro Takeshita, Professor of Management and Information at the University of Shizuoka in Japan, joined Share Radio Breakfast to discuss the biggest stories coming out of East Asia. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first serving Japanese PM to visit Pearl Harbor - the US Naval base in Hawaii that was attacked by Japan on this day in 1941. What's the purpose of the visit? And the CEO of Japanese technology firm, Softbank, has said the company will invest £39.3bn ($50bn) in US businesses.
As the legal battle over the process of leaving the EU enters its second day at the Supreme Court, the Prime Minister's reportedly facing a Conservative rebellion. It's claimed more than 20 of the party's MPs could back a Labour motion demanding the Government reveals its plan for Brexit. To discuss this and more, Jack Sommers of the Huffington Post joined Share Radio Breakfast.
One of the most important constitutional cases in British legal history will sit for its second day. The Supreme Court is hearing an appeal from the Government to overturn a High Court ruling that said the prime minister could not use the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal Brexit process. But what were the main findings from the first day? Deok Joo Rhee is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, and she joined Share Radio to offer her views.
In a speech later, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will announce a plan to take track maintenance responsibilities away from Network Rail, and give them to the train operators. He says it will make things simpler and more accountable to passengers. But not everyone's happy about the changes, with some experts worried it could cause a decline in safety standards. Share Radio’s James Brydges spoke to Lianna Etkind, from the Campaign For Better Transport.
Giorgia Scaturro, Italian Journalist in London, Reporter for Radio24, IlSole24Ore and L'Espresso, joined Share Radio during our politics segment to discuss the result of the Italian Referendum and PM Renzi's announcement that he will resign this afternoon.
All eleven judges of the Supreme Court will meet today to hear the governments case that the High Court ruling on Article 50 should be overturned. If the Court upholds the High Court's previous verdict, it means Prime Minister Theresa May will be required to pass an act of parliament before triggering Article 50, the legal mechanism to leave the EU. Will the judges side with Prime Minister Theresa May? Or with the investment manager Gina Miller who began all this? She's backed by expertise from lawyers Mishcon de Reya and David Pannick QC, a cross-bencher in the Lords, and co-author of Human Rights Law and Practice. Michael Bowsher QC of Monckton Chambers joined Share Radio to discuss.
The sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia to use against Yemen, by the UK has long been a controversial one, as the UK also sends aid to Yemen. The Campaign Against Arms Trade has recently launched legal action against the UK government, to try and stop the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Matthew Cook spoke to Andrew Smith, from CAAT to discuss the legal case and the humanitarian crisis in Yemen