Brexit Could Face Long Delay, Supreme Court Judge Warns

The Government could be forced to repeal and replace existing European Union legislation before it even starts the Brexit process, potentially severely delaying Britain’s EU exit, a Supreme Court judge has said. In comments that will cause concern to Brexit supporters, Baroness Hale of Richmond also said that the June referendum was “not legally binding” and that a simple Act of Parliament authorising the government to begin the Brexit process could be open to a legal challenge. The Times quotes the judge as saying: “The argument is that the European Communities Act 1972 grants rights to individuals and others which will be lost if the treaties cease to apply,” she said. “Such a result, it is said, can only be achieved by an Act of Parliament. Another question is whether it would be enough for a simple Act of Parliament to authorise the government to give notice, or whether it would have to be a replacement for the 1972 act.” Baroness Hale added: “What is meant by the exercise of the executive power of the state? To what extent can it be exercised in a way which may undermine the exercise of the legislative power of the state? We do