Urgent Question: Government legal challenge to devolved Brexit legislation

18 April 2018

Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Justice and Home Affairs, Joanna Cherry, asked an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on the Government legal challenge to devolved Brexit legislation.

The question was responded to by Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, who claimed that the key purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is to provide certainty across the UK on day one after exit from the EU, and the Scottish and Welsh continuity Bills would frustrate that objective. He went on to state that if the continuity Bills were to become law, there would be impacts not just on the Governments and legislatures but on the widespread understanding of and confidence in UK law after exit.

Joanna Cherry questioned the Attorney General, asking whether he could tell the House why the Government are seeking to defeat a Bill in the courts which they could not defeat by democratic means in the Scottish Parliament?

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