Last week, the High Court of Justice’s Queen’s Bench Division in the United Kingdom threw a potential monkey wrench into the planned withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union when it decided that only Parliament may authorize the actual withdrawal. Following the referendum by the UK public, Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would honor the public referendum by beginning the process of withdrawal without first gaining the formal approval of Parliament. The High Court ruled, however, that government ministers’ authority does not permit this because under the United Kingdom’s constitutional law, the Crown’s (and therefore such ministers’) “prerogative power” is limited. The UK government has announced it will appeal this court decision. (Click here to access a copy of the High Court’s decision; click here for additional information in the article, “UK Government Must Consult Parliament Before Triggering Withdrawal From European Union, Court Rules” in the November 4, 2016 edition of Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.)