Green Party leader Steven Agnew in fresh Brexit legal case
Friday 27 January 2017
Steven Agnew is one of a number of plaintiffs named yesterday in the “Dublin case” which seeks clarity on the irrevocability of Article 50.
The Green Party leader is joined by Jonathan Bartley, Co-leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, the Green Party MEP for the South East of England, Keith Taylor, and Jolyon Maugham QC, Director of the Good Law Project, as litigants in the case.The proceedings seek a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union on the question of whether Article 50, once triggered, can be unilaterally revoked by the UK government without requiring consent from all other 27 EU Member States.
The Green Party campaigned for Remain in the EU referendum and Agnew is clear that his involvement in the case is about getting the best deal possible for the people of Northern Ireland.
The Green Party leader said:
“The unique status of Northern Ireland is being ignored with our traditional parties involved in local squabbles.
“Any deal on the Irish border will have massive implications across the island and it is vital that the people of Northern Ireland have a say on the final proposal.
“For that to be meaningful the option to Remain must still be on the table.
“Otherwise the UK has no leverage in Article 50 negotiations, as the current assumption is that if we like the Brexit deal, we leave, and if we don’t like it, we leave anyway.
Steven Agnew concluded;
“Only if this case is successful will the UK have a choice, which is why I believe that this case should be welcomed by all UK citizens whether they voted leave or remain.”