Britain's Attorney General says Brexit trigger case goes to heart of UK constitution

Britain's Attorney-General Jeremy Wright on Dec 5, 2016, before the start of the four-day hearing.
Britain's Attorney-General Jeremy Wright on Dec 5, 2016, before the start of the four-day hearing.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's Attorney General Jeremy Wright said the government's appeal to the UK Supreme Court over who has the right to trigger the formal divorce process from the European Union goes to the heart of the British constitution.

"It raises issues going to the very heart of our constitutional settlement," Wright told the court.

Wright's comment came at the start of a four-day appeal by the government against a High Court ruling last month that it has to seek parliamentary assent before triggering Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty.