Brexit minister sticks to his guns as he eyes the Supreme Court

 
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Davis maintained it is "proper and lawful for government to trigger Article 50 using prerogative powers" (Source: Getty)

Government still intends trigger Article 50 by the end of March next year and also appeal a case on the matter to the highest court in the country, the Brexit minister has maintained today.

David Davis also noted government will be applying for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court this week.

Last week, a trio of high court judges decided that government must consult parliament before the Article 50 process can be started.

The Brexit minister added it was still government's legal position that it was "proper and lawful for government to trigger Article 50 using prerogative powers".

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However, Davis also stressed that it was still government's intention to start the withdrawal process from the EU by the end of March next year and he believed "the legal timetable will allow for that". The case is expected to be heard in the Supreme Court early next month.

Davis also stressed that it was still government's intention to go through with Brexit, and added there would not be a second referendum.

"As the government told the voters, this is your decision, government will implement what you decide...the point of no return passed on 23 June," Davis said.

However, Davis added that the government had been purposeful in choosing not to trigger Article 50 almost immediately as it gave "time to develop a detailed negotiating position" and noted that government was determined to secure the Brexit deal that was "best for jobs, best for growth and best for investment".

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