The hearing is made up of the largest panel of justices that has been assembled since 1876. In fact, this is the first time that every justice has sat on the Supreme Court bench; this has meant that the pre-hearing preparations have included a physical change to the bench to accommodate all eleven justices. It has been reported that “the judges are so keen not to mess up that they have been practising processing into the court room and the taking of their seats.”
The issue as to the government having the power under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union to give notice of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU, without an Act of Parliament will be heard on appeal at The Supreme Court. The case will start today, 5th December finishing on Thursday the 8th December; it is likely that the judgment will come in January.
The High Court had decided that only parliament has the authority to trigger Article 50. The Government, that is appealing the High Court’s decision, is claiming that the executive powers that have been inherited through the royal prerogative is enough to trigger Article 50.
Lawdit will be following the constitutional law case of the centaury very closely; and you too can follow the case by way of a live stream from the BBC, Channel 4 and the Supreme Court.