SAVING BRITAIN’S PLACE IN THE SINGLE MARKET

We are Peter Wilding and Adrian Yalland. On June 23rd 2016 Peter voted Remain and Adrian voted Leave. We disagreed over membership of the EU but we both agree Britain’s membership of the ‘Single Market’ or European Economic Area (EEA) was not covered in the EU referendum. 

The government says if we leave the EU we automatically leave the EEA – the single market. We think they are wrong in law.

SO WE HAVE ASKED FOR A JUDICIAL REVIEW.

 If we lose, Britain loses.

Our legal team  will argue that only Parliament has the right to trigger Article 127  if it wants to leave the single market. We believe leaving the Single Market without Parliamentary permission would be undemocratic, unjust and not in the UK’s national interest.

Be part of the legal challenge to save the Single Market:

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT AND WHAT IS ARTICLE 127?

The EEA is not the same as the EU
With or without Article 50, the UK is a member of the EEA in its own right. All UK citizens have rights to live, work  and trade in the Single Market. Those rights don’t die simply because we are leaving the EU.

If we want to leave the single market, the UK Parliament must trigger Article 127 of the EEA Treaty and give a 12 month notice period.

The Government disagrees. It says once it triggers Article 50 we are out of the EU and the EEA. That means hard Brexit.

It’s a huge trading market
Covering over 500 million people comprising 31 different countries, its joint GDP is estimated at nearly £12 trillion, which means lots of customers for British goods and services.

It’s a British Invention
In 1992 Britain’s brainchild, the EU Single Market came into force. In 1994 we extended it across all Europe. Now 31 nations are signed up to the European Economic Area Treaty.

It doesn’t have to be this way
The EEA is the olive branch that heals the bitter post-Referendum divisions  – the people unified, the country united and the economy stable. We need your support. The EEA is the UK’s ace in the pack.

DO YOU WANT BRITAIN TO LEAVE THE SINGLE MARKET AND...

Bin our own free trade area?

It wasn’t even a question on the referendum ballot.

Bin ready-made control over migration, money & EU jurisdiction?

A policy supported by 70% of the people.

Bin the economy’s prosperity?

Business wants to stay in the single market.

Bin a ‘soft landing’?

A policy supported by 90% of the people.

Bin the UK’s unity?

Scotland wants to stay in the single market.

Bin Europe’s stability?

At a time of great danger.

Even as a transitional arrangement, the EEA will be a simple, lawful and constitutional way of keeping the public unified, the UK united, the economy prosperous and Europe stable in dangerous times.

Would you trade this for years of unnecessary, costly negotiation that does not even guarantee a better deal? If the government stays in the EEA it will fulfill their manifesto promise: to honour the referendum and lead in the single market.

OUR COURT CASE CLAIM WILL...

  • Ensure the Government is fully aware it can remain in the Single Market after Brexit.

  • Enable the Government to have a better negotiating hand in the EU exit negotiations.

  • Ensure there is legal certainty over a mandate to leave the Single Market.

  • Enable the Government to Brexit in a way that the majority of the country can unite behind.