Monday, 4 July 2016


Former SDLP leader calls on the government not to begin Brexit.

Foyle MP Mark Durkan has co-sponsored a motion at Westminster calling on the UK government not to begin withdrawal from the European Union until it has been fully debated and voted upon in Parliament.

This follows the EU membership referendum which took place two weeks ago and saw 52% of the UK public opting to leave the EU. But the outcome of the referendum is still being contested, with a group of academics and business people launching legal proceedings today arguing that it would be unlawful for Article 50 to be triggered without a full debate and vote by MPs.

Others are also arguing that Scotland and Northern Ireland should not lose their EU membership as a majority of the populations in both regions voted to remain in the EU.

Calling on the government not to begin the formal process of EU withdrawal, Mr Durkan said: “The formal process of an exit from the EU must not be started without full and proper parliamentary scrutiny.”

“The government must not submit its declaration to the European Council invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty unless and until the full proposals it intends to submit to the Commission to activate the process of withdrawal from the EU are debated in full and voted upon by MPs.”

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