UK in EU Challenge

by Sue Wilson

UK in EU Challenge

by Sue Wilson
Sue Wilson
Chair of Bremain in Spain, Sue has lived in Spain with her husband for 11 years. She has recently retired and spends all her time campaigning to keep the UK in the EU and to protect citizens' rights.
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Latest: Sept. 28, 2018

NOTICE OF RENEWAL SUBMITTED BY CLAIMANTS

Today we have submitted a Renewal Notice to the High Court asking for it to reconsider our claim in an oral hearing.

With the UK’s intention to leave the EU due to take place on 29 March 2019,...

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The UK in EU Challenge 

In May and July 2018 the Electoral Commission found that the Leave campaigns, Leave.EU and Vote Leave, used corrupt and illegal practices in the EU Referendum campaign. 

Some might say they “bent the rules” or “made mistakes”.  That’s irrelevant. They broke the law. And in doing so, they flouted the core principles of UK democratic process. 

 

The UK in EU Challenge seeks to restore the democratic balance and undo the outcomes of the Leave campaign's illegal behaviour. In order to do so, we need your help. This may be our last chance to take direct action and prevent an undemocratic Brexit. Please join our legal fight, contribute now and share this page with your friends, colleagues and on social media.


What is UK in EU Challenge doing? 

We are asking the High Court to find on two issues that could fundamentally alter the Brexit process. 

1. Because of the Leave campaign’s proven disregard for spending rules – to declare the Referendum result null and void.  

2. To find that the ‘will of the people’ – the basis for Theresa May’s decision to trigger Article 50 – was influenced by the Leave campaign's fraudulent behaviour and, that the Prime Minister is wrong to rely on the Referendum result now the Electoral Commission has proven wrongdoing.   

We’re asking you to help fund this legal battle and we have a matter of days to raise the funds we need to bring this legal challenge. 

Any donation, large or small will make a difference and if you can share with your friends and colleagues and those affected negatively by Brexit it will make a huge difference. 


UK in EU Challenge Mission 

Our challenge is about basic fairness and adherence to the democratic process which prevents the buying of votes and power. 

In General and Local elections, as well as Local Authority referendums, there are clear, legal safeguards that mean a court can overturn the result if cheating “may reasonably be supposed to have affected the result”.  

We are asking the High Court to find that the EU Referendum result is void as a result of illegal practice by the Leave campaign.  

Our case is not about ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’; it’s about rights, fairness and democracy. We believe that the UK public is entitled to a fair vote on an issue of such huge importance to our future as a nation. 

In summary, we believe that “the greater a vote’s impact, the greater must be a vote’s integrity”.  


UK in EU Challenge – Legal Campaign  

We have assembled a top-level legal team including solicitors and barristers who acted in the successful Article 50 Supreme Court challenge.  

We have made an application to the High Court, seeking a declaration that the result of the EU Referendum is invalid and asking for the decision of the Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 to be quashed.  

The High Court has recognised the case’s importance by reducing the usual timetable for the Government's response to 31 August 2018. So, time is of the essence.   

WE NEED YOUR HELP 

As the defendant in this case, the Prime Minister has access to the full resources of the State and a host of Government lawyers to contest our application.  

We are confident that we have a great legal team to fight the case. But we do however need funds to ensure our advisers can devote the necessary hundreds of hours it will take to give the application the best chance of success.  

We have already successfully raised £26,613.70 to fund these efforts, but we need to build on that total in order to pursue the application further. 

Our application is founded on compelling legal grounds: 

  • The Electoral Commission’s findings of corruption and illegality were proven to the criminal burden of proof and as such are ‘beyond reasonable doubt’. In a General Election or Local Authority referendum, this could lead to the vote being annulled. We are asking the court to order that this should apply equally to something as critically important as the EU Referendum. 
  • The EU Referendum was not conducted in accordance with the UK’s constitutional principles, nor the statutory provisions regulating Referendum campaigning. 
  • When the Prime Minister took the decision to trigger the withdrawal process, Mrs May was already on notice of the real possibility of corrupt and illegal practices. The Electoral Commission had begun its investigation. She therefore acted unlawfully in failing to consider these factors by taking her decision when she did. 


What is the timetable of the case?

The Claim was issued on 13 August 2018. 

On 16 August 2018, Mr Justice Warby demonstrated the importance and urgency of this application by ordering that the Prime Minister must respond by serving Summary Grounds of Resistance no later than 31 August 2018, less than the usual period granted in Judicial Review proceedings. 

Our response to the Summary Grounds is likely to be provided shortly thereafter. 

The court will then decide whether or not our claim may be heard – estimated early to mid- September 2018. 

If the court grants permission, a full hearing will take place – estimated October 2018. 


What happens if we win? 

The Referendum result and the Prime Minister’s decision to commence the withdrawal process will be quashed. The Government will then have a number of options, and may decide to initiate a new Referendum. This application has genuine legal merit.  

Regular updates will be posted as and when further developments arise. 

Please help us to fund the case; even a small contribution may have a huge effect on the future of our country. You may make your payment by clicking on the ‘Pledge Now’ button. 

If you would like more information on the legal grounds of the application, you can read them in full by clicking here.


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Our legal team members are demonstrating their passion for this cause by acting on a discounted fee basis. 

Thank you for your support and any help you can give - whether contributing and/or sharing you will truly make a difference. 

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Update 3

Sue Wilson

Sept. 28, 2018

NOTICE OF RENEWAL SUBMITTED BY CLAIMANTS

Today we have submitted a Renewal Notice to the High Court asking for it to reconsider our claim in an oral hearing.

With the UK’s intention to leave the EU due to take place on 29 March 2019, we’ve also asked for our claim to be expedited to avoid it becoming academic. 

On 16 August 2018, Mr Justice Warby agreed “that the question of permission deserves urgent consideration” so we are hopeful of receiving a date for the hearing soon. 

As you know, our challenge may focus on Brexit, but at its heart is the need to ensure we have a democratic process that prevents the buying of power and votes.  

This all makes our fundraising drive more important than ever.  

It is critical that we continue to raise awareness of the UK in EU Challenge and drive donations as these will help us to pay the legal fees needed for the oral hearing.  

Please help by sharing our story and encouraging people to donate whatever they can. Anything you can continue to give is also received with our gratitude.  

We’ll provide a further update once we know more.  

With thanks,  

Sue Wilson on behalf of all the claimants


For further information, you can download the relevant documents below:

* The Claimants Notice of Renewal

* The Honourable Mr. Justice Supperstone's decision 

Update 2

Sue Wilson

Sept. 24, 2018

CLAIMANTS REQUEST ORAL HEARING FOLLOWING HIGH COURT DECISION

The High Court has decided that on first review of the papers, the UK in EU Challenge cannot proceed, primarily on the basis that the claim is out of time. 

We are contesting this and we need your help.  

Our legal team is now requesting an oral hearing at the High Court to argue that we acted as quickly as possible after publication of the Electoral Commission findings. We also plan to highlight the claim’s merits and discuss inaccuracies within the Government’s response. 

While it is a hurdle for our legal claim, this wasn’t unexpected and we certainly aren’t stopping here.  

As far as we are concerned, this ‘out of time’ finding is incorrect.  

Knowing what we know about the Electoral Commission having wrongly applied the law to the referendum, it is impossible to argue that the referendum result was an accurate reflection of the will of the people - and this is what we’ll be arguing strongly in court. 

We now need your help even more. It is critical that we continue to raise awareness of the UK in EU Challenge and drive donations as these will help us to pay the legal fees needed for the oral hearing.  

Please help by sharing our story and encouraging people to donate whatever they can. Anything you can continue to give is also hugely welcome.  

We’ll continue to update you all as things progress. 

With thanks,  

Sue Wilson on behalf of all the claimants 

Update 1

Sue Wilson

Sept. 9, 2018

UK in EU Challenge have published the government's response and our reply

Please find the latest campaign update as of 8 a.m. on Monday 10th September.  


On Friday 31st August, the Government responded to the UK in EU Challenge with Summary Grounds of Resistance as per the High Court’s ruling. We have now published the Summary Grounds and our reply here, including a list of supplementary questions for the Prime Minister's lawyers.


Today Parliament will debate a petition to ‘Rescind Art.50 if Vote Leave has broken Electoral Laws regarding 2016 referendum’. You can find the details here and we hope this will bring our challenge into the mainstream consciousness.


As you can see, we urgently need to keep raising awareness and driving donations so we can secure the legal support this campaign requires.  


Please continue to share our website with your networks and ask people to give what they can. 


With thanks for your ongoing help. 

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