THE road ahead for Britain is still unclear as the status of Brexit remains uncertain. We have embarked on a unique journey to become the first ever state to leave the European Union.
With court proceedings regarding Brexit currently active in London, Quays News are here to provide all the basic information you need to know about the case.
What is Article 50?
Article 50 is part of The Libson Treaty that became a law in 2009, to make the European Union more democratic, which includes details of five steps that have to be taken for any country to leave the EU.
Which court is the case being held at?
The case is currently being evaluated by the Supreme Court in London, the highest court of appeal.
What is the legal challenge?
The legal challenge is the case that is currently being heard in courts. 11 of UK’s most senior judges are hearing the government’s appeal to ruling made at High Court which stated that Theresa May must let MPs vote on whether to trigger Article 50.
What arguments is the Government making to trigger article 50?
David Davis, a British Conservative Party politician, is leading the Government’s legal action. The team of lawyers behind him, which are headed by the Attorney General Jeremy Wright, argue that consent from Parliament is not needed in order to trigger Article 50 – as the referendum vote was a clear win.
What arguments has Barnier made ahead of the EU exit?
Michel Barnier, the European commission chief negotiator, led the press conference this morning and had some crucial points to make ahead of Brexit.
He highlighted four key areas as part of the negotiations.
- Unity – He believes that is the main ethos European Union runs on.
- Being in the European Union comes with rights and benefits.Third countries can never have the same rights and benefits since they are not subject subject to the same obligations.
- Negotiations will not start before notification.
- The single market and its full freedoms, its four freedoms, are indivisible. Cherry picking is not an option.
How long will it take for Brexit to be completed?
It was claimed by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, during her speech at the Tory Party Conference that she will trigger Article 50 no later than March 2017. Therefore, it is thought that Britian should leave the European Union before April 2019.
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