Mr Maugham QC, a barrister at chambers Devereux, is taking a crowdfunded legal challenge to determine whether Article 50 can be reversed to Ireland’s High Court.
Theresa May is set to invoke Article 50 and launch the start of two years of formal Brexit talks with the EU by the end of March.
Facing questioning on Bloomberg, including whether he was trying to block Brexit, Mr Maugham said changes to the world scene and its “fast” pace meant safeguards had to be taken.
He said: “The main purpose of the Irish proceedings is to obtain an answer to the question whether you can unilaterally i.e. just because you want to, decide to withdraw from the Article 50 process.
Jolyon Maugham said the people should decide on reversing Article 50
I’m not somebody who thinks that we should rule by executive fear
“The political mood at the moment is this, no one is contemplating reversing Article 50. But, we live in a fast changing world, the dynamics of Nato, of global trade, have all been altered by the election to the presidency of Donald Trump.
“I think it’s in the national interest that we be able to have a look in a couple of years’ time as we reach the end of the two year period for negotiations with the EU whether we still want a Brexit.”
Mr Maugham added it would be the people’s will that decided whether a reverse of Article 50 was the direction to take and it was not a foregone conclusion that Brexit would happen now.
He said: “The people will tell Parliament whether they want to have a vote on that final deal and if the people do tell Parliament that they do want a vote, I think it’s really important that Parliament understands that that is a possibility.
“It may be that if we do leave now, in the future we may want to rejoin but that doesn’t answer the point as to whether or not it remains our view collectively that we want to leave now.
“I continue to think that Remaining is in the best interests of the country now but this case is about the functioning of democracy so if I get the answer that I want, which is that Article 50 can be reversed, if the people want, all that does is unlock the door for the people to walk through if they want to.
“So I’m a democrat, I’m not a fascist, I’m not somebody who thinks that we should rule by executive fear, I think the people should decide. The people should have the power to make that decision.”
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Government lawyers have said once Article 50 is triggered the process is irrevocable, but some European Union leaders saying Britain can change its mind about leaving the union.
Now Mr Maugham, who advised former Labour leader Mr Miliband on tax policy, is taking legal action to seek a ruling from the European Court of Justice on whether Britain can trigger Article 50 without the consent the other 27 EU states.
Mr Maugham’s supporters raised £70,000 in 48 hours to take the case to court.
Last month Mr Maugham said his case would not stop Brexit but would allow for a change of heart if Brits who voted to leave the bloc had a change of heart.
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