Legal Costs: Article 50

Part of Attorney General – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd February 2017.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright The Attorney-General 12:00 am, 2nd February 2017

No, the Government have always been clear that, at every level, the courts are entitled to consider the cases brought to them and to reach whatever judgment they think appropriate in light of the arguments they have heard. That was true in relation to the High Court and it is true in relation to the Supreme Court, too. But the hon. Gentleman knows, as an eminent lawyer himself, that the appropriate thing to do if we disagree with the court of first instance is to appeal the judgment. That is exactly what the Government did, doing exactly what any other litigator would do—and, incidentally, exactly what some litigators in this case did in Northern Ireland.