Thursday 27 April 2017

UK barrister steps up Irish challenge to EU exit

Although the challenge is being organised by Mr Maugham, the actual plaintiffs in the case are expected to be a number of British politicians. Photo: PA
Although the challenge is being organised by Mr Maugham, the actual plaintiffs in the case are expected to be a number of British politicians. Photo: PA
Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A letter outlining a top British barrister's attempt to challenge the UK's exit from the EU is to be delivered to Attorney General Máire Whelan today.

Jolyon Maugham QC is seeking to launch "public interest" proceedings in the High Court in Dublin, asking it to refer to the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to determine if Article 50 can unilaterally be revoked by the British government without requiring consent from all other 27 EU member states.

According to Mr Maugham, if the CJEU were to rule that Article 50 is revocable, it would give the UK power to reject the outcome of Article 50 negotiations and remain in the EU in the event negotiations led by Brexit Secretary David Davis MP yield a deal that is not acceptable to the UK Parliament.

He said without this ruling, Britain will be forced to take whatever deal Mr Davis emerges with, or leave with no deal on a range of crucial economic and social issues.

"I want to establish clarity for British voters and deliver sovereignty to the British parliament over the question of its future relationship with its biggest trading partner," Mr Maugham said.

Although the challenge is being organised by Mr Maugham, the actual plaintiffs in the case are expected to be a number of British politicians.

Mr Maugham has raised Sgt£70,000 (€80,000) through crowdfunding to take the case.

Irish Independent

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