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

Lord Advocate, I think the phrase "it is hereby recognised and declared" is common to a great many Commonwealth independence constitutions. I have just got up the constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, section 4 of which -- with which we are very familiar because we encounter it regularly in another jurisdiction:

"It is hereby recognised and declared that in Trinidad and Tobago, there have existed and shall continue to exist ... following rights ..."

So it is very common, recognising an existing state of affairs and in that case giving it legal effect.

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