THE Scottish and Welsh governments will be allowed to dispatch lawyers to put forward their cases during the legal battle over who has the right to invoke Article 50 and formally begin Brexit negotiations.
The UK government is appealing the high court ruling that parliament must be given a vote on the matter with the case due for deliberation in the supreme court next month.
Following Friday’s decision by the 11 supreme court justices that already complex case will now involve chief legal officers from the devolved governments.
Theresa May’s executive protested the idea and the influence of the Scottish government will be limited to any areas of Scots law not already encompassed by the case. The Welsh input will be a mere formality.
A new challenge to Brexit has also unfolded in Northern Ireland where the high court decided in favour of allowing a campaigner against the country leaving the EU.
The veteran victims’ rights campaigner, whose son was murdered by the UVF, successfully argued that Northern Ireland could not be removed from the EU against the will of its people, 56 per cent of whom voted to remain in the EU.