Brexit Basics 2: update 2nd July

This week’s developments and legal opinions

Further to our earlier post, Brexit Basics, recent developments and updates are listed below. Readers will be aware of an e-petition initiated by a Brexit supporter in advance of the Referendum, EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum. It is most unlikely that this will lead to a retrospective change in the associated legislation, but at over 4 million signatures it is likely to be a factor in the political arena. It was referred to in Early Day Motion 243 which “calls on the Government to ensure that there will be a referendum allowing UK citizens to agree on the terms of the UK-EU exit package and associated constitutional changes or on the option to remain; and further believes that this referendum should be called before Article 50 is triggered”. Although tabled on 27 June, at the time of writing it had attracted only 5 signatures.

An item of news breaking late on Sunday 3rd July was the announcement by Mishcon de Reya that “legal steps have been taken to ensure the UK Government will not trigger the procedure for withdrawal from the EU without an Act of Parliament”.

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