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Local LibDems call on the Attorney General to come clean

January 27, 2017 10:13 PM

Local Liberal Democrats have called on Jeremy Wright to come clean about the advice that he has been giving as Attorney General to the government about Brexit.

Liberal Democrats welcome the decision by the Supreme Court that Mrs May's government has to get the authority of Parliament before exercising Article 50. This preserves the important role of Parliament in ensuring that the country gets the best possible deal when leaving the EU.

However, the role of Jeremy Wright as the government's legal adviser is being questioned by local Liberal Democrats given that on two occasions the government has lost in the Courts over the process by which the UK will be leaving the EU.

'We note that Jeremy Wright's predecessor as Attorney General, the Conservative MP Dominic Grieve, has consistently advised that Parliamentary approval would be needed,' says Richard Dickson, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Kenilworth & Southam.

Jeremy Wright has confirmed that, despite saying during the Referendum campaign that he would vote to 'Remain', he will now vote in support of the government to leave the EU. This is despite the evidence from the ballot boxes at the Referendum count clearly indicating that the majority of Kenilworth residents voted to 'Remain' by 60%/40%.

'Our concern is not only that our MP has changed his mind and that he is going against the wishes of Kenilworth people. We want also to know how it can be that judges in both the High Court and the Supreme Court appear to have had very different views to the legal advice which presumably the Attorney General has given to the government. To have gone through the very expensive process of an appeal to the Supreme Court and having lost by such a convincing margin as 8 to 3 is hugely embarrassing' says Richard Dickson. 'What legal advice did Mr Wright give to the government about exercising Article 50 and how much taxpayers' money has been spent on the appeal of the High Court's decision?'