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Political rhetoric v Legal fallout

19 July 2016

Those who thought a 'leave' vote would secure immediate departure from the EU have been sorely misled, advises Chris Pawlowska

The UK has voted to leave the EU. As the dust struggles to settle on one of the most cataclysmic political decisions in living memory, one has to wonder - while picking through the political mire of exaggerations, half-truths, and uncertainties - what this means, in legal terms, for the future of this country.

First, as should now be obvious, the referendum result does not automatically take
us out of the EU. As a matter of law, the result does not bind
our leaders as parliament is sovereign. Politically, the now former prime minister, David Cameron, made clear the
need to respect the vote, but parliament is legally entitled
to ignore the vote or 'row back' from the consequences
of Brexit if overwhelming...

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