Article 50 Archive

  • Who’s the judge?

    Speaking at Heathrow airport today, prime minister Theresa May said:  “I think we all have to remember, and what MPs and peers have to remember, is that we had a vote on 23 June.  The British people, the majority of the British people, voted to […]

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  • What if the government wanted to stay in the EU?

    The referendum on 23 June was only advisory. A majority of those who voted may have voted to Leave, but that result was not binding. Had the vote in the electoral reform referendum been in favour of AV, by contrast, the legislation that created the […]

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  • Parliament still matters

    In parallel with the court case on whether parliament is required to authorise the departure of the UK from the European Union (read about it here and here), there has been an equivalent case in Northern Ireland. The High Court in Belfast has been asked […]

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  • A circular argument

    The high court bench has retired now to consider its judgment in the case of whether parliament has a say in triggering article 50. If not, the government can take the UK out of the European Union without a parliamentary vote. Andrew Blick makes the […]

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  • Can MPs vote against article 50?

    Being played out in court at the moment is a case regarding the powers of parliament. Does the government have the constitutional right to trigger British departure from the EU on the strength of an explicitly non-binding referendum without parliamentary assent? For the record, the […]

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  • See you in court

    I am having difficulty explaining to people from other countries what’s going on in the High Court at the moment.  There is a case brought by Gina Miller, a fund manager, arguing that the government cannot invoke Article 50 of the TEU (the procedure for […]

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