Top Law Firm to Challenge UK Gov’t on Brexit

Top Law Firm to Challenge UK Gov’t on BrexitTop Law Firm to Challenge UK Gov’t on Brexit

A leading UK law firm is to take legal action against the government if parliament is not consulted before triggering Article 50 to leave the EU.

Mishcon de Reya said a final decision resides with parliament.

The UK Parliament must first debate and vote on whether to trigger Article 50, starting a two-year process to leave the European Union, London lawyers Mishcon de Reya said on Sunday, Deutsche Welle reported.

Acting on behalf of a group of clients, the firm said it would challenge the government in court if it proceeded to leave the EU without first getting permission from the parliament.

Recognizing a majority of UK voters expressed a desire to leave the 28-member bloc, the law firm said the referendum was not legally binding and was meant as an “exercise to obtain the views of UK citizens”.

“But the decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty of European Union, the legal process for withdrawal from the EU, rests with the representatives of the people under the UK Constitution,” the law firm said in a statement on Sunday.

“If the correct constitutional process of parliamentary scrutiny and approval is not followed, then the notice to withdraw from the EU would be unlawful, negatively impacting the withdrawal negotiations and our future political and economic relationships with the EU and its 27 member states, and open to legal challenge,” the firm said.

“Everyone in Britain needs the government to apply the correct constitutional process and allow parliament to fulfil its democratic duty which is to take into account the results of the referendum along with other factors and make the ultimate decision,” Kasra Nouroozi, a partner at Mishcon de Reya said.