British Government Legal Department given two weeks to respond to Brexit Legal Challenge

Team SoOLEGAL 17 Aug 2018 6:00pm

British Government Legal Department given two weeks to respond to Brexit Legal Challenge

The British government’s legal department has been given a two-week deadline to submit their response to the latest legal challenge – over the legitimacy of the Brexit referendum.

The ‘UK in EU Challenge’ group representing Britons living in EU countries (i.e. France, Italy and Spain) has launched a judicial review claiming that the referendum was not fair vote.

The group argues that the recent findings of the Electoral Commission on BeLeave and Vote Leave, which resulted in the BeLeave and the Vote Leave officials being reported to the police and penalties being imposed, indicate “the 2016 EU referendum was not a lawful, fair or free vote”.

Following the latest legal challenge, Mr Justice Warby on Thursday issued a high court order seeking a response of Prime Minister Theresa May’s representatives and the commission in their legal defence by 4pm on 31 August.

The order also asks the Theresa May’s government to submit their response to the request for an expedited hearing “as soon as reasonably practicable”.

 “The question of permission [for the case to proceed] deserves urgent consideration”, the court order reads.

The court order further states, “These directions, as they stand, ensure that a high court judge will be able to give detailed consideration to the merits and appropriate directions in early September, within a few weeks of issue, with the benefit of a tailored, reasoned response from the defendant [the prime minister] and, if so advised, the interested party [the Electoral Commission].”

The government, however, is resisting the action citing that the claim is out of time and a similar challenge has already been dismissed.

In response to the government's statement, the claimants say that the claim is not out of time since the Electoral Commission only found in July that,

BeLeave spent £675,000 with the digital data company Aggregate IQ coordinated with Vote Leave, which should have been declared by the Brexit campaign group”.



Tagged: Brexit Legal Challenge   Legitimacy of the Brexit Referendum   UK in EU Challenge Group   Prime Minister Theresa May   Britain Prime Minister   Britain High Court  
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