Judicial Review Of The Prime Minister’s Decision Not To Hold A Referendum On The Lisbon Treaty

11 Jun 2008

This week the High Court is considering an application by Stuart Wheeler for judicial review brought against the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary. Mr Wheeler challenges their decision not to hold a referendum on whether the United Kingdom should ratify the Treaty of Lisbon. He argues that the Government made unequivocal promises that a referendum would be held to allow the electorate to vote on whether the now defunct Constitutional Treaty should be ratified, and that the refusal to hold a referendum in respect of the Treaty of Lisbon is unlawful as being in breach of his legitimate expectation.

Ian Rogers is appearing as junior counsel on behalf of the Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary.

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