Transcripts (perhaps draft) of the Article 50 ‘Brexit’ Appeal hearings at the Supreme Court

But that, with respect, begs the question: what is it that the referendum was designed to achieve. It is open to Parliament to institute a referendum which does have a binding legal effect, and there are many, many examples of where Parliament has done so. Parliament has deliberately chosen a model which does not involve any binding legal effect, and it is a perfectly coherent statutory scheme for Parliament to say that: it is very important that the people be given a voice; this is a highly contentious political issue, and before any steps are taken as to the future of the UK's membership of the EU, the voice of the people should be heard. That is not an event of no significance, but it begs the question: what is to be the consequence?

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