1. Wide of EU Commission Chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas at podium
2. Reporter asking question
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Margaritis Schinas, EU Commission Chief spokesperson:
"The UK High Court decision on Article 50, we will not comment on any issues that pertain to the internal legal and constitutional order of our member states, as regards our own EU legal order I wish to remind you that the Article 50 procedure as set out in the treaty requires the consent of the European Parliament for any Article 50 agreement. On the first leg of your question, I think I believe that the telephone call tomorrow (between British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker) has been agreed and if I'm not mistaken it was at the request of the British Prime Minister."
4. Schinas on podium
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Margaritis Schinas, EU Commission Chief spokesperson:
"I shall not, of course, reinvent the wheel here. I simply want to reiterate that it was not the Commission that asked for a swift notification under Article 50. If memory doesn't fail me I think it were all 27 member states that asked for it at the highest level so I don't see that the Commission has any particular role to play there. As to your question asking me to speculate whether this will accelerate or delay the process, I think this is not for the Commission now to speculate because there are certain things that may still happen in the UK, I don't know if the government is going to appeal or not, so there are things that it's not for us to comment on or speculate. And yes, on the other question, Article 50 as set out in the treaty, requires the European Parliament's involvement on the final Article 50 agreement, as I just said."
The EU Commission said on Thursday it would not speculate on whether a British High Court ruling saying the prime minister can't trigger the UK's exit from the European Union without approval from Parliament, would impact the leaving process.
Spokesperson Margaritis Schinas said the Commission would not be drawn on the "internal legal and constitutional order of our member states."
Schinas said the British Prime Minister Theresa May would be speaking on the phone on Friday with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at Mays' request.
The British government said it would go to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling, which has major constitutional as well as practical implications.
Britons voted by a margin of 52 to 48 percent to leave the EU, a process known as "Brexit." Several claimants challenged the plans for Brexit in a case hinging on the balance of power between Parliament and the government.
May has said she will launch exit negotiations with the EU by 31 March. She is relying on a power called the royal prerogative that lets the government withdraw from international treaties.
Claimants argue that leaving the EU will remove rights, including free movement within the bloc, and say that can't be done without Parliament's approval.
Three senior judges ruled that "the government does not have the power under the Crown's prerogative" to trigger the official exit process.
The British government immediately said it would appeal the judgment.
The Supreme Court has set aside time to hear the appeal before the end of the year.
The case is considered the most important constitutional matter in a generation.