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A Brexit case of great complexity and even greater importance

The Supreme Court must decide what Brexit means for the devolution settlement

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

The Supreme Court building in Parliament Square. Photo: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire/PA Images

A very important case—which has not received the media attention it merits—was heard this week in the UK Supreme Court. It concerns a challenge brought by the UK government to the “Scottish Continuity Bill” adopted by Holyrood earlier this year.

This Continuity Bill is designed to prepare the Scots legal system for Brexit, but the UK government argues it conflicts with the UK EU Withdrawal Act (EUWA) recently granted royal assent, and so falls outside Holyrood’s competence.


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