On 29 March 2017 Theresa May triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. But this was not without a fight, on 24 January the Supreme Court ruled against the Secretary of State in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, making it necessary for the Government to put the question of invoking Article 50 to a vote in Parliament. That vote was won on 13 March 2017 allowing ministers to start the two year formal Brexit process. The UK and the EU therefore have until 29 March 2019 to negotiate the terms of the UK’s withdrawal, unless this is extended by mutual agreement.
So what does this all mean for the sport industry that is heavily influenced by the UK’s membership of the EU? The impact is yet unknown as it is dependent on the outcome of the withdrawal negotiations. However, what has been made clear by the Government is that the right to freedom of movement as we know it will end. Click here to read the full article covering the pre-Brexit position, the post-Brexit future and life in the lead up to Brexit.
This article was published in British Association for Sport and Law (BASL) and LawInSport's 'Sports Law Yearbook 2017/18' in April 2018.