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Understanding the High Court Article 50 Decision (link to full judgment)

November 3, 2016 11:53 AM
By Antony Hook in Liberal Democrat Voice

The High Court today ruled that the Prime Minister cannot give notice of intention to withdraw from the European Union ("activate Article 50") without reference to Parliament.

Social media has exploded this morning with comment about this. A lot of it is inaccurate and gets wrong why the court had ruled as it has and what are the practical implications of the ruling, which will be appealed to the Supreme Court in December.

The best way to understand is to read the full judgment or the shorter summary issued by the court.

You can find both of those here.

In the long-run, decisions in court can at best delay withdrawal from the European Union. The only thing that can prevent it in the long-run is a change in public opinion. The aim of campaigners should be to use time gained by developments like today to reach out to people who voted Leave on 23/6/16 and offer them good reasons to choose to change their minds.

* Antony Hook was #2 on the South East European list in 2014, is the English Party's representative on the Federal Executive and produces this sites EU Referendum Roundup.