High Court move with backing from Wolverhampton campaigner ‘to scrap Brexit result’

High Court move with backing from Wolverhampton campaigner 'to scrap Brexit result'

Opening the Government’s response to the constitutional claim, the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, said the making and unmaking of international treaties was a recognised use of the royal prerogative – executive powers available to the Government.It came as pro and anti-EU protesters clashed outside the hearing, which has been described as one of the most important constitutional legal battles for decades.
The court heard that Gina Miller, who is trying to stop the Government from triggering Article 50, has received death threats and abusive messages.
The 51-year-old’s case has been backed by an unnamed Polish national from Wolverhampton, who the court heard feels in ‘a state of limbo’ as a result of Brexit.The dispute hinges over whether parliament or ministers have the authority to formally notify Brussels that Britain is withdrawing under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union .It states any member state may leave ‘in accordance with its own constitutional requirements’, an undefined term that has allowed both sides to pursue rival interpretations.
The Attorney General, who is leading the Government’s legal team, told the court: “This is not a narrow legal challenge … It seeks to invalidate the decision already taken to withdraw from the EU.“Making and unmaking treaties are an established use of royal prerogative powers.”The use of prerogative powers [to trigger Brexit] was wholly within the expectation of parliament.“The question is has parliament acted to limit the availability of the royal prerogative …

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