I have read article 50 and I have read legislation on referendums. I am clear that any referendum is only advisory. A member state enacts article 50 think parliament must vote in my opinion or it could probably be challenged through the courts. Is this correct? We’re all sides misinformed?
I get the point that referendums give an indication of electorate sentiment but even the electoral commission states that they should unequivocal and 52/48 would not be legally deemed to be so based on international precedent.
So in case you are interested Article 50 is below. Go to the electoral commission website where there is a 200 page document looking at the merits of referendums.
2. A Member State which decides to withdraw shall notify the European Council of its intention. In the light of the guidelines provided by the European Council, the Union shall negotiate and conclude an agreement with that State, setting out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union. That agreement shall be negotiated in accordance with Article 218(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It shall be concluded on behalf of the Union by the Council, acting by a qualified majority, after obtaining the consent of the European Parliament.
3. The Treaties shall cease to apply to the State in question from the date of entry into force of the withdrawal agreement or, failing that, two years after the notification referred to in paragraph 2, unless the European Council, in agreement with the Member State concerned, unanimously decides to extend this period.
4. For the purposes of paragraphs 2 and 3, the member of the European Council or of the Council representing the withdrawing Member State shall not participate in the discussions of the European Council or Council or in decisions concerning it.
A qualified majority shall be defined in accordance with Article 238(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
5. If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49.