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May: Government 'confident' over Brexit appeal case

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said the Government was seeking to provide 'certainty' by triggering Article 50. Credit: PA

The Government is "confident" of the appeal case being heard at the Supreme Court over its right to trigger Article 50 as it seeks to provide "certainty" over Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokeswoman has said.

She said the Government was "getting on with the job" when asked about the Labour Party's pledge to amend any Article 50 bill.

While others ... make clear that they want to frustrate the will of the British people by slowing down the process of leaving and trying to tie the government's hand in a negotiation, the government is getting on with respecting what the British people decided.

Most people want certainty ... We are seeking to provide certainty where we can by saying; one - we will trigger Article 50 by the end of March; two, (being) very clear - there will be no going back.

– Theresa May's spokeswoman

She added the Government was clear that the Supreme Court would decide the issue, as in all cases concerned with UK constitutional law.

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Peston: Wright's best argument is Parliament 'bottled it'

Attorney General Jeremy Wright is leading the Government's appeal case at the Supreme Court.

The Attorney General's claim during his opening argument that Parliament missed its opportunity to block the triggering of Article 50 was his best point, according to ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston.

Peston, who is also attending the hearing, tweeted:

Attorney General outlines case for Brexit ruling appeal

Attorney General Jeremy Wright outlined the Government's grounds for appeal.

Attorney General Jeremy Wright has outlined the Government's grounds for appealing the High Court's Brexit "wrong" ruling over the right to trigger Article 50.

He said Government's prerogative right to trigger Article 50 was not given "on a whim or out of the blue" but was part of a process in which "Parliament has been fully and consciously involved".

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener, tweeted a series of his leading arguments, including the impact on Brexit of the 1972 European Communities Act that took Britain into the EU.

No request for Supreme Court judges to stand down

All 11 justices are hearing the historic case at the Supreme Court.

All the parties involved in the Supreme Court battle over Brexit have given their formal backing to the 11 justices hearing the historic case.

An announcement was made at the start of the hearing, following media reports and comments that questioned the independence of members of the judiciary.

Lord Neuberger, the court's president, said all parties had been asked whether they wished any of the judges to stand down.

He said all stated they have no objection to any of the justices sitting on the appeal.

ITV News Political Editor Robert Peston, who is attending the hearing, tweeted:

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Supreme Court president condemns abuse against Miller

Supreme Court justices hearing the Government's Brexit appeal have condemned the abuse endured by the people who launched the legal battle over the right to invoke Article 50.

Investment fund manager Gina Miller, who made the lead case, said she received death threats and has reportedly spent £60,000 on security after being vilified for challenging the Prime Minister's right to trigger the European Union's exit clause.

"I don’t go anywhere," the 51-year-old wrote in the Guardian. "It has been a complete poisoned chalice."

Gina Miller said she has been vilified over the legal action she took after the EU referendum. Credit: PA

Speaking at the opening of the hearing at the Supreme Court in London, Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger warned against the publishing of personal information about people involved in the case, including their home addresses.

Lord Neuberger noted "various individuals have received threats of serious violence and unpleasant abuse" including in emails for exercising their "fundamental right" to have "access to the courts".

He said the abuse "undermines the rule of law" and warned there are "legal powers" to be used against anyone found to be sending such messages.

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