UK Supreme Court confirms Scots Law part in Brexit legal case
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT WILL intervene to challenge the Tory Government’s legal position on exiting the European Union, the UK Supreme Court has confirmed.
The Tories hopes of triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty to begin exit talks without support in parliament were dealt a serious blow when the high court ruled against them this November.
The Scottish Government, which has argued for close parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process, has instructed its chief legal representative – the lord advocate James Wolfe QC – to make the government’s case.
The Scottish Government also believe that “the consent of the Scottish Parliament should be sought before Article 50 is triggered”.
Welsh government lawyers have also been confirmed as participants in the case.
Confirmation from the supreme court means that all three governments will be engaged in an unprecedented constitutional legal wrangle.
The Attorney General for Northern Ireland has made a reference to the court on its devolved matters – but will not make a full intervention at the hearing.
The case will begin on 5 December, lasting until 8 December.
Picture courtesy of James Cridland
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