Brexit: high court throws out challenge to legality of article 50

Remain campaigner

Campaigners have lost a high court challenge over the legality of article 50.

They had hoped to win permission for a judicial review which, they claimed, could result in Brexit negotiations coming to a halt.

Lawyers for Elizabeth Webster, who spearheaded the crowdfunded effort, said there was clearly an arguable case to go forward to a full hearing.

Hugh Mercer QC told Lord Justice Gross and Mr Justice Green on Tuesday: “It is a public interest challenge which aims to ensure simply that the law is applied.”

The judges, however, said the case was “hopeless and, for that matter, totally without merit”.

The claim was contested by the Brexit secretary, David Davis, whose position was that…

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