High Court Rules in Article 50 Case

04.11.2016

We know it’s not strictly competition law or IP related but Competition and IP practitioners (and indeed the general public) will not have missed the latest Brexit developments. Yesterday, in a landmark ruling on the UK’s constitution, the High Court rejected the Government’s argument that it could trigger Article 50 by exercising its prerogative powers. Parliamentary approval will therefore be needed to invoke Article 50. It was common ground between the parties that Article 50 is irrevocable and the High Court’s ruling is predicated on this. However, the status of Article 50 has been the subject of considerable debate and the issue may need to be resolved before the Supreme Court hears the Government’s appeal. We discuss this here.

In addition to this, we’ve written two Brexit posts which may also be of interest:
Great Repeal Bill
A bluffer’s guide to Brexit models

Now, back to Competition Law and IP…

Stephen Smith

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