“ ..... as a matter of the constitutional law of the United Kingdom, the Royal Prerogative, whilst it embraces the making of treaties, does not extend to altering the law or conferring rights upon individuals or depriving individuals of rights which they enjoy in domestic law without the intervention of Parliament. ....”
Finally, in the event that it requires any emphasis, the case is NOT about the POLITICAL merits of Brexit. It is a question of LAW as to the exact scope of powers held by Ministers. If it is decided that the matter requires Parliamentary approval then there is talk that the government will bring forward a short Bill - The Independent - and legislators will be faced with the choice of approving Brexit or defying the electorate's overall vote. Those in the House of Commons will be ultimately answerable to the electorate. Those in the House of Lords (unelected) will have to consider the extent to which they may properly oppose the government's manifesto commitment to honour the outcome of the referendum - (see Note 5). All of that will be in the political sphere and is NOT the concern of the court.
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1. Hansard for 28th October 1971 records that the House of Commons approved the following motion by 356 votes to 244.
"That this House approves Her Majesty's Government's decision of principle to join the European Communities on the basis of the arrangements which have been negotiated."
2. References are made under Article 267 Treaty on the Functioning of the EU.
3. The United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with HM The Queen as Head of State. The British government is, technically, Her Majesty's Government and the Queen formally appoints Ministers of the Crown.
4. The UK is a party to over 14000 treaties.
5. Conservative Party manifesto 2015 - see page 72 onwards and especially page 73.