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Can Brexit be reversed?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 01:43

As British lawmakers gather to debate whether to trigger the formal exit from the European Union, London lawyer Jolyon Maugham is building a case which he hopes will ensure that British voters can still reverse it. Ivor Bennett reports.

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While Parliament debates whether to trigger Britain's EU exit, one man is launching a legal challenge to allow voters to reverse it: London lawyer Jolyon Maugham - who says people should be able to change their minds if Brexit doesn't pan out the way they expected. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWYER JOLYON MAUGHAM SAYING: "We cannot know that what we regarded as being in our national interest in June of last year will continue to be in our national interest in two years from now." His case rides on the interpretation of Article 50. It sets out how a country can leave the EU. But it's not the most detailed of guides. Government lawyers say Brexit is irreversible. But the British diplomat who wrote Article 50 disagrees. While David Davis, the man in charge of Brexit, says he's not even sure. If Maugham's case is accepted it'll go to European Court of Justice. And if he wins, that may opent the door to another referendum. But 'Leave' campaigners argue it's undemocratic. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RICHARD TICE, CO-FOUNDER OF LEAVE.EU, SAYING: "Some smart QC from the elite legal system in London is going to an overseas court to try and subvert the democratic will of the British people, they will find that absolutely horrendous." (SOUNDBITE) (English) LAWYER, JOLYON MAUGHAM, SAYING: "Many people won't accept this, many people won't accept me saying it but to me it feels profoundly democratic, it allows the people to continue to have their say in a fast changing world." Parliament is expected to give the green light to Britain's exit. But it's still not clear whether it's a one-way street.

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Can Brexit be reversed?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 01:43