HISTORY – KEY EVENTS

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15-Dec-2016

It will take up to 10 years to negotiate a post-Brexit trade deal with the WU, according to our

“EU Ambassador” (Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the European Union).

No.10 dismisses the advice, Theresa May refuses to answer direct question  on it.

 

09-Dec-2016

Jolyon Maugham plans  a new snark hunt, which will add to the confusion.

He wants to ask the Irish courts whether Article 50 notice is revocable.

This is a can of worms that the two sides in the case had agreed to leave firmly closed.

 

08-Dec-2016

The Supreme Court hearing ends, after four full days of  argument before 11 judges.

The President of the Court, Lord Neuberger, makes a very unwise closing statement.

 

07-Dec-2016

Parliament allows itself to be duped into passing an Opposition motion

which appears, after a Government amendment, to authorize Brexit.

 

06-Dec-2016

The EU’s chief negotiator for Brexit spells it out – “First you leave, then you negotiate”.

The UK media were extraordinarily lax in picking up this point in Barnier’s news conference.

The BBC Radio 4 News at 6 pm did mention it, but otherwise only this Guardian on-line blog.

There is an EC video in French: the crucial section starts at 19:55 (-5:25).

 

05-Dec-2016

The Supreme Court begins hearing the Government’s appeal in the “Brexit” case.

 

29-Nov-2016

The Government will probably loose 11-0 in its appeal to the Supreme Court,

according to Prof. Michael Zander, professor of  law at the London School of Economics.

 

21-Nov-2016

A survey by  suggests that Remain would win the referendum if it were re-run now.

It was conducted by the Bertelsmann Foundation – perhaps not a neutral source

 

21-Nov-2016

90 MPs sign a letter to the Guardian saying “a hard Brexit would be a disaster for working people”.

They seem  not to understand that there is no such thing as a “soft Brexit”.

 

19-Nov-2016

Oliver Letwin wants a "fast and tightly timetabled and constrained bill" (see 7th paragraph). 

He wants to treat Parliament like a rubber stamp for the Government’s Brexit plan. 

 

15-Nov-2016

The Government is planning to ram a “bomb-proof” Brexit bill through Parliament.

 

15-Nov-2016

Labour puts up the white flag of surrender – abandons its official Remain policy. 

Fear of “the people” trumps principle, as far as Labour is concerned.

 

03-Nov-2016

The High Court delivers its judgement in the “Brexit” case.

It rules that the Government does not have the power to take the UK out of the EU

because only an Act of Parliament can give it that power, and the Referendum Act did not.

 

09-Jul-2016

1,000 lawyers sign letter to David Cameron saying that the referendum is advisory only

and that only an Act of Parliament can take the UK out of the EU.

 

24-Jun-2016

The referendum takes place: the majority is for Leave.

 

April-2016

The Governement sends a 14 page booklet every house in the UK,

title “Why the Government believes that voting

        to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK”.

It states that “The Government will implement what you decide”, but

it makes it clear that the Government’s official policy is to Remain.

 

17-Dec-2015

The EU Referendum Act 2015 receives Royal Assent.

 

12-Dec-2015

The EU Referendum Act 2015 completes its passage through both Houses.

 

03-Jun-2015

The House of Commons Library publishes a briefing paper, which says

(Section 5) that the referendum is only advisory, gives the Government no power.

 

28-May-2015

The EU Referendum Act 2015 is put before Parliament for first reading.

 

07-May-2015

The Conservatives win the General Election.

 

Early-2015

The Labour Party publishes its manifesto, too.

It states a clear pro-EU position, on page 76 (page 77 of  this PDF file).

 

Early-2015

The Conservative Party publishes its manifesto for the 2015 General Election.

It has a chapter entitled “Real change in our relationship with the EU”.

It promises and In-Out referendum on membership of the EU, and implementation of the result.

It is highly critical of the EU.  It does not mention an official policy of remaining in the EU.

 

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