Brexit: UK risks an general justice box over Theresa May's skeleton for withdrawal EU singular market, contend experts

Britain risks a new Brexit quarrel in general courts if it tries to quit a EU’s single marketplace though giving other countries central notice, The Independent can reveal.

Legal experts, including one who suggested a Treasury, determine Theresa May will leave a UK open to authorised transformation in The Hague if she pulls out of a European Economic Area (EEA) though rigourously revelation a other members 12 months in advance, to equivocate disrupting their trade.

The notice is demanded by an general agreement, though ministers do not intend to follow a routine because, insiders believe, they want to equivocate a Commons opinion on staying in a EEA – and, therefore, a singular marketplace – that they competence lose.

As good as a a justice battle, experts advise a tarnish from violation a agreement could also make it harder for Britain to secure a trade deals it desperately needs to secure a economy after Brexit.

Pro-EU MPs wish a authorised opinion will assistance convince a Commons to force and win a opinion on staying in a EEA designed for a autumn.

The Government has insisted EEA membership will finish automatically with EU withdrawal though former Treasury authorised confidant Charles Marquand, said: “A disaster by a UK to give notice of a goal to leave would, we think, be a crack of a EEA Agreement, that is an general treaty.”

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The attorney pronounced it was formidable to envision how another EEA states competence find to take action, if it believed a singular marketplace rights had been private wrongly. But he added: “I trust there is a intensity for general proceedings. One probability is a Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.”

Heinrich Nemeczek, from a Law Faculty during a University of Basel, said: “This doubt would positively have to be motionless by a court, or other institution.

“It would, in principle, be probable that a doubt on a UK’s EEA membership can be brought to a International Court of Justice, or a Permanent Court of Arbitration, as a EEA Agreement is an general agreement.”

Mr Nemeczek stressed a ability to move a box did not meant he believed it would attain in proof Britain was in crack of Article 127 of a EEA Agreement.

Stephen Kinnock is among a organisation of Labour and insurgent Tory MPs perplexing to secure defended membership of a EEA for several years during least, to avert a hazard of serious mercantile repairs when Brexit is finished in 2019. The Labour MP pronounced a hazard of a judiciary transformation “strengthens a case” for MPs to better a Prime Minister on a controversy.

A backbench amendment is expected to be tabled to a flagship European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – or “Repeal Bill” – that reaches a Commons building on 7 September.

“This has to be taken into account,” pronounced Mr Kinnock. “We contingency equivocate any problem with an general tribunal, maybe even a International Court of Justice. MPs have to inspect their consciences and what’s in a inhabitant interest. Part of that contingency be what’s best for a UK’s general station as a nation that wants to mount high in a world, that recognises a general obligations.”

And Sir Vince Cable, a Liberal Democrat leader, said: “Yet again a Government’s shambolic proceed to Brexit puts a UK in authorised uncertainty. If these authorised experts are correct, there contingency be a opinion in Parliament to settle a matter. And we would gladly work with MPs from any celebration to safeguard that Britain maintains a membership of a EEA in sequence to strengthen jobs, trade and a economy.”

Mr Marquand acted as a attorney for Single Market Justice (SMJ), a organisation perplexing to force a Government to need a pithy agree of MPs before it leaves a EEA. In February, a High Court deserted a case, though usually since a Government had not nonetheless motionless that authorised track it would take to leave a EEA – withdrawal a doorway open to destiny appeals.

Now ministers have set out that route, as partial of a EU Withdrawal Bill, stating: “The UK is a member of a EEA by trait of a membership of a EU. Therefore on exit day a UK ceases to attend in a EEA Agreement.”

It means that, unless a check is amended, a Government will have parliamentary agree to automatically withdrawal a EEA – with a risk of breaching a covenant and a judiciary challenge. But usually a tiny series of insurgent Tories could be sufficient to better a Government in any Commons vote, given a Prime Minister’s unsafe operative infancy of usually 12.

Adrian Yalland, one of SMJ’s founders, said: “If Parliament wants a suggestive contend over a singular market, it contingency rectify a check so that EU membership is decoupled from EEA membership.”

But a mouthpiece for a Department for Exiting a European Union said: “We have been transparent that we will no longer be a member of a EEA after we leave a EU. The UK is celebration to a EEA agreement usually in a ability as an EU member state. Once a UK leaves a EU, a EEA agreement will automatically stop to request to a UK.”

The EEA, combined in 1994, consists of Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, together with a 28 – shortly to be 27 – EU members, with all usurpation giveaway transformation of citizens.

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