Peter Wilding and Adrian Yalland have launched a new Brexit legal challenge
Campaigners are once again trying to ignore the will of 17 million British voters with another expensive courtroom battle.
This challenge was brought by Europhiles Adrian Walland and Peter Wilding, who run the pro-single market group British Influence.
They are also joined by an anonymous group made up of various nationalities, who have backed the challenge in an attempt to show the “state of limbo” they now feel following June’s Leave victory.
Mr Yalland and Mr Wilding, who coined the phrase ‘Brexit’, argue parliament must legislate separately to quit the European Economic Area (EEA) and the single market itself.
At 10.30am this morning, the pair began arguing parliament needed to decide as a whole what happens next.
Adrian Yalland voted Leave but doesn't think Britain should leave the single market
Mr Yalland, who voted to leave the EU, said: “I have campaigned for parliamentary sovereignty and accountable government for 20 years and now I want parliament to exercise its sovereignty by deciding if the UK should withdraw from the single market treaty.
“Parliament, not government, took us into the treaty and so parliament, not government, must decide if and when we leave.
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“I voted to leave the EU but parliament did not intend the referendum to cover the issue of membership of the EEA.
"The government should stop seeking to stretch the mandate to leave the EU to cover things parliament did not intend the referendum to cover.
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“The referendum was on membership of the EU, not the EEA, nor of [the European Court of Human Rights]. It was not an opinion poll on immigration. I want nothing less than Brexit. But anything more than Brexit is for parliament to permit.
"The government has a mandate, not a blank cheque. We are a parliamentary democracy, not an elected dictatorship.”
Mr Yalland added Brexit could lead to the break-up of the United Kingdom.
He said: “An independent Scotland may be unlikely to join the EU, but it is a credible candidate for EFTA membership – which would give it full membership of the single market.
“The UK is party to the EEA agreement only in its capacity as an EU member state. Once the UK leaves the EU, the EEA agreement will automatically cease to apply to the UK.”