New legal challenge against Brexit fails

Their lawyer, George Peretz QC, argued the Government could not choose to leave the single market on its own, but would need the authorisation of Parliament - and also to give a withdrawal notice.

The director of British Influence Adrian Yalland, writing for the organization last November, claimed staying in the EEA and single market would be a win-win deal, regardless of leaving the EU.

A new legal challenge to the UK's decision to leave the European Union has been dismissed at the High Court, in a hearing that took less than an hour.

However, the Scottish Government says it believes that because of the direct effects on the devolved responsibilities, the Scottish Parliament should be invited to give its view before the bill is passed.

The judges however refused to give the go ahead and said they would reveal their reasons for this later.

The government had partially resisted the judicial review application on the grounds that no decision to leave the EEA had yet been made and that it was therefore not a decision that was open to challenge.

The latest legal challenge was brought by supporters of a so-called "soft Brexit" - which would see the United Kingdom remain a member of the EU's internal market.

MPs have given their approval for the PM to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin Brexit negotiations.

They were joined by a second set of claimants who have been identified only by the letters W, L, T and B - because they don't want to be subjected to the abuse that Gina Miller was during the Supreme Court case.

"The government should stop seeking to stretch the mandate to leave the European Union to cover things parliament did not intend the referendum to cover", he added.

But May said in a speech last month that Britain would leave the single market, although she promised to seek the greatest possible access to European markets.

A UK Government spokeswoman said: "The Scottish Parliament is free to debate any issue it chooses, and indeed has discussed Brexit on many occasions".

  • Jon Douglas