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

I say a child of six could understand this point, because if you tell a child it cannot go out and play in the garden but it can play in the house, it has no power, the analogue, to going out in the garden. If you have not got a particular power to do something, because to do so would violate a prior constraint, you simply don't have the prerogative power. So to accept that there is a treaty-making power, does not mean that there is a treaty-making power to dispense with laws or to subvert statutory schemes, or to crucify human rights.

My Lord, the seventh point, the first stage of analysis, therefore, is whether triggering Article 50 will dispense with laws. We say that it will with reference to the Government of Wales Act 2006. Lord Pannick has put forward arguments we endorse, that fundamental rights are overridden by reference to the European Communities Act. So, proposition eight.

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