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

The way I have put it to you, obviously the court's role is to interpret the 2015 Act, but if it interprets it the way that I have put to you for your comments, the result is to allow for a flexible response by Government, depending on the outcome of the referendum, obviously, which is subject to parliamentary control in the normal way.

If we construe it in the way that you are arguing, inviting us to, the consequence is that the court then, as I understand it, has to effectively compel a Government minister to introduce a bill into Parliament, which is constitutionally a novelty, to say the least, and if, for example, Parliament were to pass a resolution in both Houses approving of notification under Article 50, the court would say to Parliament: that is not good enough, we, the court, are telling you that will not do.

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