Prominent British businessmen funding legal action against Brexit

Published:  4 Oct at 6 PM
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A group of wealthy British businessmen are donating in support of an upcoming legal challenge to force a parliamentary vote before Brexit is triggered next March.

The high court case is due to be heard this month, and is hoped to prevent Theresa May from triggering Article 50 without first opening the issue to a parliamentary debate. A group of prominent British business owners including Pimlico Plumbers CEO Charlie Mullins are donating funds in the hope that a parliamentary vote will result in Brexit being reconsidered before it’s too late.

At present, May is planning to invoke Article 50 next March under the so-called royal prerogative without giving parliament the chance to debate the issue. In her opening speech last Sunday at the Conservative party conference, May referred to the judicial review as anti-democratic, stating that those in opposition to her stand-alone decision are attempting to subvert democracy and are insulting British peoples’ intelligence.

In a media article, Mullins said he’d consulted with international lawyers Mishcon de Reya and also with Gina Miller, one of the claimants who will head up the court challenge. Miller is the founder of major financial management group SCM Private and believes, along with Mullins, that parliament should have the chance to either accept or reject the realities of Brexit.

Mullins also told the media there are a number of other powerful people behind the court case, adding they’d rather remain anonymous at this point. Expats living in EU member states will be waiting for the result with bated breath, but will need to be patient. Whatever this month’s decision, it’s believed that appeals and other legal juggling will keep the case moving until it reaches the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.

Meanwhile, following May’s announcement of a March 2017 triggering of Article 50, EU member state governments will begin discussing their stances on the high number of UK expats living, retiring and working in their countries as well as the equally high number of EU citizens at present resident in the UK. Spain has been the first to comment, stating that an agreement with have to be reached over the coverage of expat heathcare costs by the UK government.
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