Court chal­lenge over Brexit

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRI­TAIN’S gov­ern­ment faces a court chal­lenge to­day that could de­lay Brexit as lawyers ar­gue Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May can­not take the coun­try out of the EU with­out a par­lia­men­tary vote.

Eng­land’s most se­nior judges will hear ar­gu­ments brought by lawyers for a num­ber of dif­fer­ent claimants, in­clud­ing an in­vest­ment fund man­ager, a hair­dresser and an ex­pa­tri­ate liv­ing in France.

Ms May has con­demned their chal­lenge as an at­tempt to “sub­vert” the re­sult of the June ref­er­en­dum when 52 per­cent of Bri­tons voted to leave the EU.

But the claimants ar­gue ei­ther that the vote was only “ad­vi­sory” and must be im­ple­mented by elected law­mak­ers, or that only par­lia­ment can re­move the rights ac­corded to Bri­tons as EU ci­ti­zens.

“Par­lia­ment has taken us into the Eu­ro­pean Union and only par­lia­ment can take us out,” said lawyer John Hal­ford of Bind­mans solic­i­tors.

Most MPs cam­paigned for Bri­tain to stay in the EU and lengthy de­bates ahead of a vote could take months, up­set­ting the en­tire Brexit timetable.

Ms May has said she wants to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50 – the for­mal pro­ce­dure for start­ing two years of talks on de­par­ture – by the end of March.

The gov­ern­ment has ar­gued its right to lead Brexit falls un­der “royal pre­rog­a­tive” – a type of ex­ec­u­tive priv­i­lege used in for­eign pol­icy.

The case re­flects grow­ing pres­sure from MPs them­selves, led by the Labour party, for a vote on the terms of Bri­tain’s exit over fears of an abrupt de­par­ture from the sin­gle mar­ket.

The case will be heard by Lord Chief Jus­tice John Thomas, Mas­ter of the Rolls Ter­ence Ether­ton and se­nior Court of Ap­peal judge Philip Sales.

After a three-day hear­ing, the judges will likely de­liver their ver­dict within a few weeks. –

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