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

Absolutely, my Lord, and perhaps I should put it this way, and it is perhaps helpful to test the argument by assuming a one-clause bill that determines to withdraw the United Kingdom from the European Union, and I do make the point that it would have to be a bill making that decision, not -- and no doubt consequentially authorising the notice.

But I say that within that proposition are a whole series of effects with regard to devolved matters, and if Parliament were to unpack the headline proposition, and in separate clauses say all the things that legally would be happening with regard to devolved matters, then it would be plain that the convention is engaged, and I say that it cannot matter as a matter of substance that those propositions are simply implicit in the headline proposition of a determination to withdraw from the European Union.

It may be helpful if I invite the court to look at section 28(8), so that I can perhaps make clear what I am saying and what I am not saying about it.

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