The People's Challenge to the Government on Art. 50: Supreme Court defence
reached its funding goal of £75,000 (about $121,000) in less than 24 hours.
“The People’s Challenge” had initially successfully crowdfunded £175,000 to challenge Brexit in the courts and to prosecute politicians from both sides of the isle who lied about Brexit.
The campaign was launched shortly after the UK’s High Court ruled that the Parliament must approve the triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which officially begins the UK’s divorce from the European Union.
Supporters have now pledged £138,687 (more than $222,000) of a £150,000 (nearly $243,000) stretch goal.
“In the Supreme Court we will defend our position with the same vigour and commitment as we brought to bear when arguing the case in the Divisional Court. Doing so is critical,” said the group on the crowdfunding campaign.
“If the Government succeeds, all UK citizens can, and will, be stripped of EU Citizenship rights they have held for decades by executive action alone – a simple letter triggering Article 50 will be enough.”
They said personal freedoms enjoyed by every UK citizen to study, to work, to live and to retire anywhere in the European Union provided they are not a burden to the country they live in is at stake.
The group says that the UK Government “wants to ignore Parliamentary process” by using Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 in an “act of constitutional vandalism.”
They noted that people’s support is needed to make sure People’s Challenge
can participate in the appeal.
City firm Bindmans LLP, with a team led by John Halford, is representing People’s Challenge
. The Bindmans team is assisted by Darragh Mackin of Kevin R Winters with clients living in Belfast.
Public and constitutional law specialists Helen Mountfield QC, Gerry Facenna QC, Tim Johnston and Jack Williams are barristers for the group.
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A crowdfunding campaign meant to pool money to defend a recent court ruling that Parliament must vote before the process for the Brexit is officially triggered has reached its goal in record time.