UK tech company denies involvement in legal challenge to Brexit
The aftermath Brexit continues to make my homeland a global laughing stock.
Over the weekend, UKIP leader Nigel Farage stepped down from his post (but not, amusingly, from his highly paid European Parliament gig), following the resignation of fellow Brexiter Boris Johnson. As Christoph Waltz put it: The head rat has left the sinking ship.
The Remain-ers seem to have accepted that there won't be a second referendum and have now decided on a new tactic: To try to force a vote in Parliament on whether Britain should leave the EU.
The "MPs To Decide" campaign is being spearheaded by law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP, apparently under instruction from one of more of their clients. The firm has declined to identify which client(s) are involved in the campaign, but the Guido Fawkes blog in the UK has named Zoopla CEO Alex Chesterman as the most likely candidate. Chesterman reportedly sent an email to colleagues and friends encouraging them to support the legal action:
"If the correct constitutional process is not followed then the notice to withdraw from the EU would be unlawful and open to legal challenge…
With this in mind, Mishcon de Reya, on behalf of a number of clients have commenced a legal process to ensure the UK Government will not trigger the procedure for withdrawal from the EU without parliamentary approval and have, subsequent to his article, retained Lord Pannick QC to act as counsel in this action. These steps seek to ensure that any Article 50 notification process is lawful.
I strongly encourage you to support this important issue. We want to ensure that this once-in-a-generation issue is handled properly under UK law with the correct constitutional process applied to an irreversible decision of this magnitude.
Please can I ask you to action as follows below:
1. Email Mishcon to lend your support/name to this process
2. Please use the hashtag: #mpstodecide and share/tweet the link to the Mishcon press release
3. Use this email as a basis to send your own version to your network to encourage wider support"
Zoopla has issued a statement denying that the company is responsible for the campaign, which isn't quite the same as saying Chesterman isn't personally responsible. Still, a glance at Mishcon de Reya's client page indicates plenty of other international clients who might prefer that Britain remains part of the EU.
Those clients include American Express, Dell, DHL, Peugeot, Pfizer, Universal Music Group and tech giants Microsoft and HP.