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Harper Macleod part of legal team advising MPs who have joined Brexit notice withdrawal case

Leading law firm Harper Macleod is part of a legal team advising two Westminster MPs who have joined a legal challenge in relation to the withdrawal process triggered by the UK in relation to the European Union.

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On Tuesday, the Court of Session in Edinburgh granted MPs Tom Brake (Lib Dem Brexit Spokesperson) and Chris Leslie (Labour) permission to become involved as 'directly affected' parties in ongoing litigation about the withdrawability of the Article 50 notice to leave the EU that was given by Theresa May on 29 March 2017.

The MPs argue they and other Parliamentarians should have a definitive ruling from the European Court of Justice on whether the notice can be unilaterally withdrawn by the UK in the event no withdrawal deal is agreed with the EU, or what is agreed is unacceptable to Parliament.

A further hearing to decide whether the withdrawability question should be referred to the European Court of Justice has been scheduled at the Court of Session for 22 May 2017.

The MPs are being jointly represented by a team of leading Scottish and English lawyers, which includes Harper Macleod Partner Jennifer Jack, who is recognised for her expertise in public and administrative law, Morag Ross QC (Axiom Advocates), Gerry Facenna QC and Anneli Howard (both at Monckton Chambers) and solicitor John Halford (Bindmans LLP, London).