As a result of the recent Brexit referendum, there has been a heated debate on the question of whether the British government intends to trigger Article 50 this year, initiating the UK’s departure from the European Union. Contrary to public anticipation, the new Prime Minister, Theresa May, has advised that she does not intend to proceed with this matter until 2017. An article published by the Guardian on Tuesday 19th July confirms the government’s position with regard to the Brexit process: it appears that it is not aiming to push the exit button until next year at the earliest.
Nonetheless, in the meantime, one of the challenges to Brexit process has already been identified – at least seven private actions, arguing that Parliament and not the Prime Minister, has the authority to invoke Article 50, have already been brought to the court. This has been escalated to the Lord Chief Justice, who is due to hear the substantive case in the Autumn. We will watch with great interest!