Brexit: High Court to rule if referendum vote ‘void’ as early as Christmas after Arron Banks investigation

Brexit: High Court to rule if referendum vote ‘void’ as early as Christmas after Arron Banks investigation

The High Court will rule as early as Christmas whether Brexit should be declared “void”, in a legal case given a turbo-boost by the criminal investigation into Leave funder Arron Banks.

Judges are poised to fast track the potentially explosive challenge, after Theresa May’s refusal to act on the growing evidence of illegality in the 2016 referendum campaign, The Independent can reveal.

 

Lawyers describe that failure as “absolutely extraordinary” – given the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) probe into suspicions of “multiple” criminal offences committed by Mr Banks and the Leave.EU campaign.

Now The Independent understands the case is likely to move to a full hearing and a ruling within weeks of opening on 7 December, with the clock ticking on the UK’s departure from the EU next March.

Both its lawyers and a leading academic believe its chances of success have been given a big boost by the unfolding scandal and the government’s refusal to recognise the gravity of what is being exposed.

The government is expected to deploy Sir James Eadie QC – the star barrister who led the unsuccessful battle for the government to trigger Article 50 without parliament’s consent – in a sign of the case’s importance.

Read full article in The Guardian

 

Sue Wilson talks Brexit on Europeans In!

Sue Wilson talks Brexit on Europeans In!

Listen to Europeans In Brexit Special on Barcelona City Fm, covering the history of Brexit, an interview with Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain and find out about her legal challenge to stop Brexit! Co-hosted by Annette Pacey and Amy Holden. Sue features from about 23 minutes in but have a listen to the whole piece as it’s all about Brexit and worth listening to. 

‘Deal? What deal?’: Reaction from Brits in Spain

‘Deal? What deal?’: Reaction from Brits in Spain

Sue Wilson, chair of Bremain in Spain, shared her thoughts with The Local.

“The reactions from Bremain in Spain members have ranged from serious concerns over our future citizens’ rights to ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’,” she said.

“It’s been difficult for many to know how to react to the news, as there’s so little information available. We’ve been told a deal has been done, that the UK and the EU have reached an agreement, but where is the evidence?”

 

“There has been no announcement from Theresa May or confirmation from Michel Barnier. Only a qualified comment from Ireland’s Deputy Premier, Simon Coveney, that negotiations were ongoing and have not yet concluded.”

“During Prime Minister’s Question Time today, May described the 500 page document as a “draft agreement”, while her deputy, David Liddington, described it only as a “provisional agreement between negotiators”. A statement to the House is not expected until tomorrow, after the Cabinet has met this afternoon.

Wilson adds: “It would seem the only sure thing is that the proposed agreement has not been well received, neither by Remain or Leave supporters.”

“May has been meeting Cabinet ministers one at a time in an effort to garner their support. Whether she has succeeded, we shall wait to find out.

Full article in The Local

 

Brexit Legality Challenged: Susan Wilson v. The Prime Minister

Brexit Legality Challenged: Susan Wilson v. The Prime Minister

For the last three months, as lead claimant versus the Prime Minister, I have been living and breathing the UK in EU legal challenge. I have learnt some new terminology and spent hours reading documents which might as well have been written in Swahili. Mostly, I been doing a lot of waiting, and then some more. The premise of our case against the Prime Minister is this – we are asking the High Court to find on two issues that could fundamentally alter the Brexit process:

  • To declare the Referendum result invalid due to the Leave campaign’s proven disregard for spending rules.
  • To subsequently find that the basis for Theresa May’s decision to trigger Article 50 is unreliable because of this wrongdoing. To argue that the referendum produced a small majority in favour of leaving is an irrational basis for such a momentous and far-reaching decision.

 

The Government has responded to our challenge. Its arguments contend that our claim was out of time, having not been submitted within a set timescale following either the referendum itself, or the triggering of Article 50.

We argue that we are within time as the Electoral Commission’s findings that Vote Leave broke the law have only recently been published.

All legal arguments/documents from both sides are available on our website:

https://www.ukineuchallenge.com/

Our challenge hit a stumbling block when the High Court refused permission for a substantive hearing. However, the swift action of our legal team meant a “Notice of Renewal” was submitted within 7 days and an oral permission hearing was secured.

Read full article in Impakter

Why Britons in Spain need to fight for another Brexit referendum

Why Britons in Spain need to fight for another Brexit referendum

There is an unfortunate but prevalent stereotype that British migrants in Spain are all pensioners who laze around, sunning it on the coast.

They lie on their loungers, maybe occasionally skipping off for a round of golf or a game of bridge with their retired friends, all the while refusing to learn the language or mingle with locals. If they want to make a concession to Spanish culture, they might swap gin and tonics for a jug of sangria every now and then.

Not only is that image unfortunate, it is untrue. Around three-quarters of British migrants in Spain are members of younger, working families who are taking advantage of the opportunities the European Union offers them.

The pattern is similar across the EU27 – 80% of Brits in these countries are young people who are greatly appreciative of how they have been welcomed with open arms.

 

 

Read full story in El Pais

Bremain in Spain celebrates huge turnout at People’s Vote march

Bremain in Spain celebrates huge turnout at People’s Vote march

MEMBERS of the 5,000-strong Bremain in Spain association are celebrating a turnout of an estimated 700,000 people at the People’s Vote march in London on Saturday (October 20).

The rally, organised by the People’s Vote campaign, called for a vote on any final Brexit deal between the UK and the EU. Wide-ranging groups, including Bremain in Spain and Españoles de Reino Unido, attended from across the UK and Europe.

See story in Costa News