- Article 50 litigation—examining the government’s appeal
- Briefly, what is the background to this appeal?
- What are the key constitutional principles central to the appeal and the key arguments on each side?
- There were several interested parties and interveners, what were the most notable issues raised, particularly in relation to the devolved administrations?
- Which issues are likely to cause the most difficulty for the Supreme Court?
- What is the possible impact of a successful/unsuccessful appeal?
- Are there particular constitutional questions which will remain regardless of the outcome?
- What happens next? Do you have any further observations or predictions?
Public Law analysis: After the High Court found against the government’s right to trigger Article 50 TEU by use of royal prerogative, the question made its way to the UK Supreme Court. Adam Cygan, Professor of Law at the University of Leicester, explains core issues arising from the dispute, which may not be able to stymie the Brexit process, but will do much to redefine the UK’s nuanced constitution.
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