The decision of the UK Supreme Court that the UK government cannot trigger the Article 50 process of Britain’s exit from the EU without a vote in Parliament may have wider reaching implications.
A new prime minister without an electoral mandate herself may well feel inclined to trigger an election where two main issues would be decided:
1. The electorate should return members of parliament who reflect the people’s views in any vote by parliament on triggering Article 50 to leave the EU. This effectively would be a re-run of the referendum, except that MPs would act like an electoral college.
2. Teresa May would be able to seek her own mandate – a request for a vote of confidence.