Gina Miller leads Brexit legal challenge

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A legal challenge to the UK’s exit from the European Union had its first court hearing this week, with SCM Investments founder Gina Miller one of the leading challengers.

The case will be heard in the High Court in October, the FT reports. However, on Tuesday judges were told details of the challenge which centres on whether MPs should vote on triggering Article 50, the Lisbon Treaty clause that starts the two-year deadline for the UK to leave the EU.

Miller is represented by law firm Mishcon de Reya, which is also representing other businesses in the action.

The High Court was told that at least six cases will be brought on the matter, including one from a Polish national and one from French expatriates.

A case has also been brought by law firm Edwin Coe on behalf of UK citizen Deir de Santos. Tax barrister Jolyon Maugham QC is also understood to be joining the challenge.

In a statement earlier this month, Mishcon de Reya says it has been been contacting Government lawyers since the referendum decision to ensure they will uphold the UK constitution and protect the sovereignty of parliament when invoking Article 50.

The statement says: “If the correct constitutional process of parliamentary scrutiny and approval is not followed then the notice to withdraw from the EU would be unlawful, negatively impacting the withdrawal negotiations and our future political and economic relationships with the EU and its 27 Member States, and open to legal challenge. This legal action seeks to ensure that the Article 50 notification process is lawful.”