Mishcon de Reya first out of the blocks with legal bid to ensure Parliament triggers article 50

London law firm Mishcon de Reya has begun legal action to ensure that it is Parliament, rather than the prime minister, that has the power to trigger article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and the formal start of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

Stealing a march on others who have been looking at the issue – such as the crowdfunded advice we reported on last week – the firm said that “following publication of articles on the subject”, it has retained public law specialists Baron David Pannick QC and Tom Hickman of Blackstone Chambers to act as counsel, along with EU law experts Rhodri Thompson QC of Matrix Chambers and Anneli Howard of Monckton Chambers.

In a statement, Mishcons said the decision to trigger article 50 rested with the representatives of the people under the UK constitution – the referendum was “an exercise to obtain the views of UK citizens”.

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