Judicial Review of the Government’s Position on the Single Market
Ahead of today‘s commencement of a Judicial Review of the Government’s position on the “single market” (the European Economic Area), and its proposal to remove us from the single market without a Parliamentary vote, Single Market Justice have prepared a full briefing of proceedings.
Speaking ahead of today’s proceedings co-claimant and Single Market Justice founder Adrian Yalland said: “I have campaigned for Parliamentary sovereignty and accountable government for 20 years and now I want Parliament to exercise its sovereignty by deciding if the UK should withdraw from the single market treaty. Parliament, not Government, took us into the treaty and so Parliament, not Government, must decide if and when we leave.
I voted to leave the EU but Parliament did not intend the referendum to cover the issue of membership of the EEA. The Government should stop seeking to stretch the mandate to leave the EU to cover things Parliament did not intend the referendum to cover. The referendum asked us if we wanted to leave the EU, not why, or how. The referendum was on membership of the EU, not the EEA, not the ECHR and was not an opinion poll on immigration. How we leave the EU is something Parliament should debate not have imposed upon it by Government.
The Government has a mandate, not a blank cheque. We are a Parliamentary democracy, not an elected dictatorship. Hard Brexit risks Scotland leaving the Union. An independent Scotland may be unlikely to join the EU, but it is a credible candidate for EFTA membership – which would give it full membership of the single market. Support for single market membership in Scotland is higher than support for the Union.”