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BSRIA calls for clarity following Brexit Article 50 High Court ruling

On 4 November 2016, the member-based association BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) called for clarity following the Brexit Article 50 High Court ruling.

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty sets out the process when an EU Member State decides to withdraw and notifies the European Council of its intention. The Union then reaches an agreement with that State, negotiating the arrangements for its withdrawal. The EU has said that negotiations about the terms of the UK’s exit cannot begin until Article 50 has been invoked.

However, on 3 November, uncertainty was cast on the timetable for Brexit after the government lost a High Court case challenging its right to trigger Article 50 without a vote in Parliament. The High Court ruled that Parliament alone has the power to activate Brexit.

Julia Evans, Chief Executive of BSRIA, said: “Back on Thursday 23rd June, the country voted and the decision was ‘out’. Today’s High Court ruling now adds a high level of uncertainty and ambiguity into the Brexit proceedings. What industry needs is clear leadership to bring economic confidence and stability forthwith as a plan of action.

“We do not want months and months of parliamentary obstacles ahead. BSRIA is calling for a clear Brexit timetable not layers of legal hurdles.

“Much economic indecision had already been evident in the build up to the referendum which was detrimental to our industry. We do not need more.”


The government has said it will appeal at the Supreme Court and is still committed to generating Article 50 by March 2017.


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