Today, 5 December, the Supreme Court hears the Government’s appeal to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval.

Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger noted at the start of the hearing that there were “strong feelings associated with the many wider political questions surrounding the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union“. However, he went on to say: “This appeal is concerned with legal issues, and, as judges, our duty is to consider those issues impartially, and to decide the case according to the law.”

The attorney general, Jeremy Wright, began by identifying the key question of law before the court, which is “whether the Government has the legal power to give notice under Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union to begin negotiations for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, or whether further specific legislative authority is required to do so”.

The draft transcript for the morning is available here.