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Spectator live blog: The Supreme Court’s Brexit hearing, day three

It’s day three of the Supreme Court’s landmark case on the triggering of Article 50. Here’s how the day unfolded: 

4.15pm: The Supreme Court hearing has now finished for the day. The Lord Advocate, Lord Wolffe has been putting forward the Scottish Government’s case. So far, he has told the court that using prerogative powers to trigger Article 50 would be an ‘unconstitutional’ step. But he makes it clear that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to veto Brexit. You can read the Scottish Government’s full submission to the Supreme Court here.

3.30pm: Ronan Lavery now takes up the argument on behalf of Northern Ireland. Lavery warns that Brexit could cause problems for the country’s constitutional settlement, and adds that it would ‘be very disturbing for the people of Northern Ireland’ if the Good Friday Agreement was not ‘binding to some extent and did not have a constitutional status’.

3pm: Northern Ireland QC David Scoffield has been putting forward another argument against the Government’s appeal. He has said that the country’s devolution settlement, which was agreed in 1998, is ‘not neutral’ on whether Northern Ireland is a part of the EU. Scoffield went on to accuse the Government of being ‘cavalier’ – ‘with a big ‘C’ and a small ‘c” – over the triggering of Article 50.

2.30pm: Chambers concludes his statement with a brief summary of his argument: that in the absence of any clear authorisation from Parliament, the Government should not be able to trigger Article 50. He calls on the judges to dismiss the Government’s appeal.

1pm: Dominic Chambers QC is now spelling out his argument, which follows a similar pattern to Pannick’s.

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