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

But one has an Act of Parliament that simply says: there shall be a referendum; it says nothing more, nothing more. What your Lordship is putting to me is that that is sufficient to overturn, if I am otherwise right, what is a fundamental constitutional principle that the Government, the executive, lacks power on the international plane, to set aside an act of Parliament, the 1972 Act, which is nowhere mentioned in the 2015 legislation. That is the first point: an absolutely fundamental constitutional principle is to be removed, as it were, as an implication; and I would respectfully submit that that would be a very surprising proposition.

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