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MPs have already voted for Brexit, Government argues

James Eadie is making the final arguments at the Supreme Court.

The House of Commons have given Theresa May a clear order to trigger Brexit, the Government's lawyer has argued to the Supreme Court.

James Eadie argued that yesterday's motion passed by a clear majority of MPs was highly relevant as it included a call to trigger Article 50 by the end of next March.

He is arguing that Mrs May should be allowed to use executive powers to take the UK out of the bloc.

He said the motion on a Brexit timetable "in effect..indicates the view of the House".

No doubt it isn’t legally binding but that doesn’t mean it isn’t legally relevant.

It provides the sharpest of focuses on the nature of the issues now in play because Parliament has given, or the House of Commons at least has given, specific approval to the Government to give that notice and indeed has called on them to do so by a particular date.

– James Eadie


Supreme Court hearing final arguments in Brexit battle

Richard Gordon QC, for the Welsh Government, told the justices constitutional issues were at stake that 'go far beyond Brexit'.

The Supreme Court has continued to hear more arguments over the right to trigger Brexit as the landmark legal battle reaches its fourth and final day.

Scotland's most senior law officer Lord Advocate James Wolffe QC continued his submission that Scotland was entitled to a "voice" before Richard Gordon QC, for the Welsh Government, addressed the 11 justices.

The hearing at the UK's highest court follows a High Court ruling in November that the Prime Minister lacked legal power to use the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 to begin Britain's EU withdrawal.

The Supreme Court proceedings will finish later though a ruling will not be given until the new year.

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