Lawyers urge Parliament to make EU decision

More than 1,000 barristers have signed a letter to the Prime Minister arguing that the referendum result is advisory and for Parliament to decide whether the UK should leave the European Union.

The signatories say that lawmakers should have a free vote in Parliament before government triggers the formal EU divorce procedure by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon treaty.

The letter describes the referendum result as advisory on account that it was based on ‘misrepresentations of fact and promises that could not be delivered’, which influenced the outcome.

The letter is the latest in a number of attempts to dissuade David Cameron, or his successor as leader of the Conservative Party, from continuing Britain’s exit from the EU.