Last week Guido reported that lap dancing lawyer Philip Kolvin QC is coordinating a letter from barristers to the Prime Minister trying to block Brexit. This morning City AM reveals over 1,000 bad loser barristers are putting their names to the hilariously pompous letter, which includes such cringeworthy pearls of £500-an-hour wisdom as:
Our legal opinion is that the referendum is advisory. The European Referendum Act does not make it legally binding.
Our opinion is that in order to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, there must first be primary legislation.
It is of the utmost importance that the legislative process is informed by an objective understanding as to the benefits, costs and risks of triggering Article 50. The reasons for this include the following:
There is evidence that the result of the referendum result was influenced by misrepresentations of fact and promises that could not be delivered. Since the result was only narrowly in favour of Brexit, it cannot be discounted that the misrepresentations and promises were a decisive or contributory factor in the result.
The outcome of the exit process will affect a generation of people who were not old enough to vote in the importance, e.g. 60% of those voting or 40% of the electorate.
Essentially writing to David Cameron (PPE, Oxon) to tell him what every GCSE politics student knows: “parliament is sovereign”. Hopefully they were not doing so on billable time…
It’s not just Mishcon who want to block Brexit through the courts – now city silks are writing to the PM to demand Article 50 is not triggered. The pompous letter complains the “referendum did not set a threshold necessary to leave the EU”, whinges “the result of the referendum result was influenced by misrepresentations of fact” and moans “the outcome of the exit process will affect a generation of people who were not old enough to vote”. It tells Cameron to launch a Royal Commission and free vote in parliament. Who is behind this drivel?
Philip Kolvin QC, a silk who judging by his Chambers profile seems to do a lot of EU-law related work. His expertise is in licencing rather than constitutional law – specifically acting for “leading lap dance operators in London and the provinces” as well as “the sex shop industry in Soho”. Kolvin appears to have spammed his round-robin letter out across the whole Bar. Something tells Guido he won’t have a happy ending.