A legal challenge seeking to force British Prime Minister Theresa May to hold a vote in parliament before triggering Brexit is an attempt to “invalidate” the referendum to leave the European Union, her most senior legal adviser said.
The High Court is hearing the case, brought forward by investment banker Gina Miller and other claimants, for the second day on Monday. The lawsuit is against the government’s right to invoke Article 50 of the treaty on European Union (TEU) without parliamentary approval.
The legal challenge was launched after the June 23 referendum, which saw 52 percent of British citizens voting to leave the EU.
Article 50 stipulates that any member state may leave the EU “in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” However, both sides have offered rival interpretations of the term.
Lawyers representing the claimants argued Friday that the prime minister’s attempt to trigger the exit without a vote in…