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Brexit Hits Road Block: Could the Referendum Come to a Halt?

The battle over Brexit rages on.

This week the U.K. High Court ruled that Brexit can’t begin without Parliament’s approval. That means Prime Minister Theresa May won’t be able to begin the process until Parliament votes on whether she can or not.

The government has since said it would appeal the decision to the country’s Supreme Court, which would hear the case next month. If the Supreme Court doesn’t rule in favor of overturning the parliamentary approval, lawmakers could try to persuade the prime minister to adjust the terms of the separation from the EU for a “soft” exit that would see the UK remain within the EU’s single market.

With the parliamentary approval ruling presently in place, Brexit could be delayed or could come to a halt altogether.

Prime Minister May, however, seems confident that the government can win the appeal and still be able to trigger Article 50, which gets the two-year exit process started by March 2017.

Either way, the ruling nonetheless throws a wrench in the referendum.

A lawyer bringing the appeal before the Supreme Court told the Independent, “…the government will need to prepare proper proposals, put those to Parliament and have them debated. They won’t be able to move as swiftly as they might have liked. It will have to move in a democratic manner.”

Most citizens now want to stay in the EU anyway

In other Brexit news, a new poll has shown that, if given a second chance, most UK citizens would vote to stay in the EU.

A BMG Research poll found that 51 percent of citizens would prefer to remain part of the EU, while 49 percent would still want to leave, a shift from the June vote that had leave winning by 52-48 margin.

According to the Independent, BMG found that the majority of support for remain came from people who didn’t vote in the referendum the first time. Looking more closely at those who didn’t vote over the summer, 46 percent said they would now vote to stay in the EU, while just 27 percent said they’d still opt to leave.