A Lawyers for a People's Vote letter, published in the Guardian on Friday, July 5th, urges both candidates for the Tory leadership to commit to implementing the legal arrangements for a confirmatory vote as an integral part of the Brexit decision.
The letter underlines that 'this confirmatory vote would not be a “betrayal” of democracy, but rather a continuation of the democratic process that began with the 2016 referendum and has continued in parliament over the intervening three years'.
The authors of the letter add that 'a confirmatory vote is the only way to ensure that the option chosen is indeed acceptable to more people than the alternatives', and that 'there are no legal impediments to such a course of action, and suggestions to the contrary are legally unsound and constitutionally mistaken'.
Signatories of the letter include leading legal experts such as Helena Kennedy QC, Helen Mountfield QC, Ken Macdonald QC, Jemima Stratford QC, Jessica Simor QC, Konrad Schiemann, Fran Swaine, Tamsin Allen, Christine Chinkin, Shoaib M Khan, David Feldman QC (Hon), Sonali Naik QC and Philippe Sands QC.
A number of BiE experts are amongst the signatories, including Jonathan Cooper OBE, who is a spokesperson for the Lawyers for a People's Vote organisation, BiE director, Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, Prof Paul Roberts (Nottingham), former Judge HH Jeremy Roberts, Associate Professor Ruvi Ziegler (Reading), and Goldsmiths Visiting Professor in Law, Kirsty Brimelow QC.
You can read the letter in full here.
Photo: The put it to the people mass march in London. By Alexander Andrews on Unsplash.