Statement on Article 50 case

AMs do not have to be legally consulted on the Article 50 process, according to a ruling by the Supreme Court.

It follows a legal challenge by Counsel General Mick Antoniw, which was dismissed by the UK Government as “tortuous”.

Judges concluded that the devolved legislatures do not have a veto on the UK’s decision to withdraw from the EU.

Responding, Shadow Secretary for Europe, Mark Isherwood, said:

“Today’s ruling was expected, and ultimately straightforward: relations with the EU and other foreign affairs matters are entirely reserved to the UK and to the UK Parliament.

“The Welsh Government’s tortuous arguments were an expensive sideshow.

“It would have been better if every effort had been focused on delivering a Welsh Government paper on Brexit before the UK Government announced its negotiating strategy.

“Naturally we respect the Supreme Court’s decision, and I am pleased to note that the UK Government remains committed to triggering Article 50 by the end of March.”

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