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Truss says judges' independence vital for legal system

Liz Truss said the judiciary must be independent - but did not condemn attacks on the profession Credit: PA

Justice secretary Liz Truss said the independence of the judiciary was the "foundation upon which our rule of law is built" after attacks on the legal system following the High Court's ruling on Article 50.

However she did not condemn attacks made on the profession from some Conservative MPs and media outlets in the wake of Thursday's ruling.

"Our judiciary is rightly respected the world over for its independence and impartiality," she said.

"In relation to the case heard in the High Court, the Government has made it clear it will appeal to the Supreme Court. Legal process must be followed."

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Widow: Late husband taught me how to be a fighter

Before the fertilisation watchdog announced it was to challenge the High Court ruling, widow Beth Warren had told ITV News she was "elated" at a judge saying she could preserve her late husband's sperm.

She said: "It's absolutely amazing. I knew it could go either way. I am elated.

"Warren's family and friends have told me how proud he would have been of me, and that means a lot.

"Warren was such a fighter, he fought the brain tumor as hard as he possibly could, he stayed positive. We tried and he taught me how to be a fighter."

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