Supreme Court Defends Judge After Tory MPs Attack Her Over Possible Brexit Delay

The Supreme Court has rallied to the defence of one of its judges after she came under fire from Tory MPs for raising the prospect of a huge rethink of the Brexit process.

Eurosceptic MPs Iain Duncan Smith, Bill Cash, Dominic Raab and Jacob Rees-Mogg all criticised Lady Hale for suggesting that the Government may have to introduce “comprehensive” legislation to trigger Article 50.

Ministers are planning a short bill that can be rapidly passed through Parliament to formally kick-start Brexit by the end of March 2017, but Hale’s suggestion could seriously delay the entire process by months and possibly years.

In a speech to students, Lady Hale had also stressed that while 51.9% of the British electorate had voted to leave the EU, “that referendum was not legally binding on parliament”.

Tory and UKIP MPs rounded on her, pointing out that she was one of 11 Supreme Court judges due to hear the Government’s appeal next month, and claiming she was venturing into ‘political waters’.

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