Report: U.K. Government Preparing New Bill to Trigger Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) -
FILE -In this June 22, 2016 file photo, a European Union flag, right, and a Union are displayed outside Europe House, the European Parliament's British offices in London. Widespread economic angst. Intense opposition to immigration policy. The rise of populist and nationalist sentiments, particularly among less-educated and older white voters. The politics that led voters in Britain to cast ballots in favor of leaving the European Union sound awfully familiar to those that led Donald Trump to the Republican presidential nomination. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)
A European Union flag and a Union Jack are displayed outside Europe House, the European Parliament’s British offices in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

The British government is preparing the first draft of a new bill to trigger the formal procedure to leave the European Union, Sky News reported on Monday, citing sources.

England’s High Court ruled last week that Theresa May’s government must get parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, a blow to the prime minister’s plans to launch the divorce process by the end of March.

May’s aides say the government will appeal that decision in the Supreme Court and have declined to say whether ministers are contingency planning or drafting a bill that they will have to present to Parliament if they lose that fight.