London : A law firm acting on the side of businesses and academics is launching a challenge to ensure Britain does not leave the EU Without Parliamentary sanction, while Monday saw happy Nigel Farage resignn as leader of the UK Independence Party(UKIP).
As political flux continued in the Conservative and Labour parties,home secretary Thresea May has emerged as the favourite to succeed David Cameron as the prime minister and party leder by early September.The first round of elections among Conservative MPs is due on Tuesday.
A large section of the British population remains opposed to leaving the EU, reflected in the June 23% vote of 48% opting to remain and 52% voting to leave.Sunday saw a major demonstration in London by pro-Eu supporters.
Kesra Nouroozi,partner at the law firm,said:”The result of the referendum is not in doubt,but we need process that follows UK laws to enct it. The 0utcome of the referendum itself is not legally and for the current or future prime minister to invoke Article 50 without the approval of Parliament is unlawful.
“Article 50 simply cannot be invoked without a full debate and vote in Parliament.Everyone in Britain needs the government to apply the correct constitutional process and allow Parliament to fullfil to its democratic duty,which is to take into account the result of the referendrum along with other factors and make the ultimate decision.”
UKIP was not part of the official “Vote Leve”group during the referendum campaign,but leaving the EU has been the party’s single issue. Its eurosceptic plank helped it gain much support,particularly in the 2013 l9ocal elections,2014 European elections and 2015 general election.
Mission accomplished in the referendum, 52-year-old Farage said: “I am fully behind the party. Let’s see where we are in two-and-a-half years’ time. But I don’t need to be leader of UKIP. I will be part of the 2020 campaign if we don’t get what we want.
“I am not a career politician. I came into this business because I wanted my country back. We’ve got our country back. If the terms aren’t right, I will do whatever I can to help people to make it right.”