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London - 24 January 2017
1. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Davis, UK Brexit Secretary:
"First of all let me be clear, that we believe in and value the independence of our judiciary, the foundation upon which the rule of law is built. So of course, it goes without saying, we will respect this judgement. Second, as I have already made clear, this judgement does not change the fact that the UK will be leaving the European Union and it's our job to deliver on the instruction the people of the UK have given us. Third we will within days introduce legislation to give the government the legal power to trigger Article 50 and begin the formal process of withdrawal. It will be separate to the Great Repeal Bill that will be introduced later this year to repeal the European Communities Act 1972. This will be the most straightforward bill possible to give effect to the decision of the people and respect the Supreme Court's judgement. The purpose of this bill is simply to give the government the power to invoke Article 50 and begin the process of leaving the European Union. That's what the British people voted for and it's what they would expect."
2. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Davis, UK Brexit Secretary:
"Parliament will rightly scrutinise and debate this legislation but I trust no one will seek to make it a vehicle for attempts to thwart the will of the people or frustrate or delay the process of exiting the European Union. Fourth, our timetable for invoking Article 50 by the end of March still stands. That timetable has given valuable certainty to citizens and businesses in the UK and across Europe. It's understood by our European partners and provides a framework for planning the negotiation ahead. This house itself backed that timetable by a majority of 373 in December so we look forward to working closely with colleagues in parliament to ensure that legislation on Article 50 is passed in good time to allow us to invoke it by the end of March as planned."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) David Davis, UK Brexit Secretary:
"The government's fifth and final principle for responding to this judgement is to continue to ensure that we deliver an exit that is in the best interest of the whole of the United Kingdom. The Supreme Court has ruled clearly in the government's favour on roles of devolved legislatures in invoking Article 50. But whilst this provides welcome clarity it in no way diminishes our commitment to work closely with the people and administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland as we move forward with our withdrawal from the European Union."
Britain's Brexit secretary said on Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May's government will introduce a bill to Parliament within days, after losing a Supreme Court case on whether lawmakers need to have a say on Britain's exit from the European Union.
David Davis was responding to the Supreme Court ruling in a statement before the House of Commons.
He said the government will introduce a straightforward bill to invoke Article 50, triggering the two-year process of negotiations for Britain's withdrawal from the 28-nation bloc.
He said the government will ensure the bill can be passed in time for Article 50 to be triggered before the end of March.
Lawmakers in opposition parties are demanding clarity on what the objectives of the government will be in negotiating an EU exit, but the government has said it does not want to reveal its hand.
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