Britain's May can trigger Brexit without parliament, report finds

British Prime Minister Theresa May does not have to go through parliament before starting the process of leaving the European Union, The Telegraph newspaper reported on Saturday.

May has been advised by government lawyers that she does not need to put the decision to the House of Commons, The Telegraph reported, despite claims that the vote's non-binding nature required lawmaker approval.

"The prime minister has been absolutely clear that the British public have voted and now she will get on with delivering Brexit," said a representative for Downing Street, according to The Telegraph.

Some who oppose Britain's decision in June to leave had hoped that putting the issue to a parliamentary vote could stall or even stop the triggering of Article 50, the legal text setting out the rules for a nation leaving the EU, The Telegraph said, adding that a majority of lawmakers in both houses had been against leaving.

London has not yet said when it will formalize its intention to leave, a process that takes at least two years. A majority of Britons had voted for the so-called Brexit in a referendum on EU membership.

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