Transcripts (perhaps draft) of the Article 50 ‘Brexit’ Appeal hearings at the Supreme Court

I do not have the passage from Mr Justice Maguire to hand, so I will do that, my Lord. On this part of the case, my Lord, there is the McCord reference which essentially is in these terms: does the giving of notice pursuant to Article 50 of TEU impede the operation of section 1 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998?

Here it appears to be argued on behalf of McCord that the sovereignty of the Westminster Parliament is now attenuated in some way by the devolution Acts and indeed by the Belfast agreement, which is a critically important political agreement, and has to be seen in that context. But it respectfully appears to me that this submission pays no regard to the fact that constitutional balance between affording the devolved institution scope to legislate on transferred matters while retaining sovereignty over reserved matters is a constant theme of all the devolution legislation.

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