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Brexit - Motion to Take Note

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:37 pm on 2nd October 2019.

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Photo of Lord Goldsmith Lord Goldsmith Labour 8:37 pm, 2nd October 2019

Perhaps I could help the noble Lord. The Supreme Court judges said they were all of the opinion that parliamentary sovereignty was what was at stake. As they made very clear, they were not taking a decision for or against Brexit. They were talking simply about the role of Parliament, and how wrong it therefore was for the Prime Minister to stop Parliament sitting. I do not see any difficulty at all in seeing why they all took that opinion. I entirely agree with the noble Lord, Lord McNally. To suggest something improper about our Supreme Court, as the noble Lord was, is absolutely inconsistent with the rule of law and the role we should take.