Triggering Article 50

24th January 2017

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has made clear that she intends to honour the referendum vote, Parliament having given voters the final say over whether to leave or remain in the EU. Her government will invoke Article 50 in March 2017 to begin the formal process of leaving the EU and Parliament has now voted to support that deadline.

Nonetheless, the Supreme Court is now considering the legality of such a step and is not expected to reach its judgement until January or February 2017.

To consider the wider constitutional debate, Politeia will be holding a meeting with BPP Law School on Tuesday 24th January to consider such questions as:

  • Who should have the final say on triggering Article  50 and why?
  • What does the law tell us? Is the law itself unclear?
  • What precedents are there in history? With whom or what institutions has sovereignty rested at different times?

Speaking will be historians, lawyers and MPs:

  • Professor Peter Crisp, Dean and CEO, BPP University Law School
  • Graham Brady MP, Chairman, 1922 Committee
  • David Howarth, Member of the Electoral Commission, former MP for Cambridge and Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, Clare College, Cambridge
  • Professor Robert Tombs, Professor of History, St. John’s College, Cambridge
  • Jonathan Clark (via Skype), Hall Distinguished Professor of British History, University of Kansas

The event will take place on 24th January, 6:45-7:45pm. If you would like to attend please email secretary2@politeia.co.uk with your name, organisation, position, email address and daytime telephone contact.