Minister who piloted EU referendum through Parliament admitted it was “advisory” [Image: Herald Scotland].

So that’s that, then – or it would be if there was any sanity to the UK’s politics.

As it is, David Lidington’s admission – that the referendum legislation does not mean the government does not need to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act – will be overruled by the Supreme Court’s ruling in January.

For the record, This Writer believes MPs must ratify the referendum vote if it is to be binding.

Does that mean they can reject the government’s Brexit plan? I don’t know.

It would be nice if we could believe the Conservatives have a plan.

The minister piloting the EU Referendum legislation through Parliament admitted that the vote was merely “advisory”, it has emerged.

Tory MP David Lidington, who is now the leader of the House of Commons but was the longest-serving Europe minister in British history, told MPs in June that the referendum legislation “makes no provision for what follows”.

The commentary has been seen by some as a crucial argument for Remain campaigners in their critical Brexit legal challenge going through the Supreme Court.

Some legal experts believe Lidington’s comments confirm that MPs must now still vote in order to trigger Article 50.

It is argued that a new bill to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act that took Britain into the EU must now be passed by parliament.

Source: Minister who piloted legislation for the EU referendum through Parliament admitted it was “advisory” (From HeraldScotland)

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