Take one leg in the EU, one leg out, then shake it all about…that’s how you do a Brexit!

Pro-EU lawyers are sending a letter to Brexit Secretary David Davis in a bid to keep Britain in the single market when it leaves the EU.

They also want Parliament to ultimately decide whether to trigger Article 127, though the think tank will argue for staying in the single market.

The single market, which offers tariff-free movement of goods, services, money and people, is dominated by but not exclusive to EU members.

They also want Parliament to ultimately decide whether to trigger Article 127, though the think tank will argue for staying in the single market.

  • Who is challenging the Government?

Think tank British Influence is launching the legal challenge, warning the Government could act unlawfully if it assumes that leaving the EU means Britain automatically departs the single market too.

They are seeking a formal judicial review of the Government’s position – a legal action that could end up in the European Court of Justice.

  • What is British Influence’s claim?

The think tank believes Britain will need to take separate measures to leave the European Economic Area (EEA) after Brexit, arguing it is separate to EU membership.

The single market, which offers tariff-free movement of goods, services, money and people, is dominated by but not exclusive to EU members.

It also includes non-EU members like Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway.

  • So what is Article 127?

Article 127 is the exit mechanism of the EEA agreement.

According to British Influence it is this measure alone that can formally end Britain’s participation in the single market.

They also want Parliament to ultimately decide whether to trigger Article 127, though the think tank will argue for staying in the single market.

  • Why could it delay Brexit?

The Government’s ongoing court battle to stop MPs voting on whether to trigger Article 50 to begin Brexit negotiations is already threatening its plans to invoke the EU exit mechanism by the end of March 2017.

Another lengthy legal battle for the Government to clarify its position on exiting the EEA could push it back further. However British Influence insists it is not pursuing delay tactics.

 

 

Source: http://www.itv.com/news/2016-11-28/forget-brexits-article-50-why-you-need-to-know-about-article-127/?accessed 28/11/16

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