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

If one goes to paragraph 26, this is Lord Hoffmann, 3284:

"The agreement provided that the assembly was to be the prime source of authority in respect of devolved responsibilities and would exercise full legislative and executive authority."

That is Lord Hoffmann's quotation from paragraph 3 of strand one.

Of course, almost certainly my fault because I should have pre-emptively attempted to correct him, but when one looks at the Northern Ireland Act, that flatly contradicts what one finds in that provision. If one looks at section 23 of the Northern Ireland Act, at Northern Ireland authorities volume 1, page 20068, 23, subsection (1):

"(1) The executive power in Northern Ireland shall continue to be vested in Her Majesty.

"(2) As respects transport matters, the prerogative and other executive powers of Her Majesty in relation to Northern Ireland shall, subject to subsection (3) ..."

It deals with the Civil Service Commission, the exercise, on Her Majesty's path, of any minister or Northern Ireland department.

So not only does in this important respect the Northern Ireland Act not implement this aspect of strand one, it flatly contradicts it.

So the purpose of that really is --

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