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When law runs out

There is no legal precedent for what lies ahead

Given the social, political, economic and constitutional significance of triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which starts the process of withdrawal from the European Union, it is comforting that Theresa May has indicated that she will not do so until 2017 at the earliest. On the day after the referendum, Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said that Article 50 should be invoked immediately. But had then-Prime Minister David Cameron followed this advice he would have set in motion a process for which the government was unprepared. He might also have been acting unlawfully. Here’s why.

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In Prospect’s September issue: Paul Johnson argues that there is no getting away from the fact our economic prospects have got worse post-Brexit. Paul Wallace attempts to outline how the government will try and deal with that situation, while Nicolas Véron suggests that The City of London will decline outside the European Union. On a brighter note, Clive James explores what we can learn from the television show Mad Men. Also in this issue: Patience Wheatcroft, the Conservative peer, suggests that Brexit might not be a done deal with a rebellion in the Lords possible. Thomas Chatterton Williams explores the work and Beyoncé and argues that black artists are failing to say anything profound and James Dyson outlines how he would rule the world.