Legality of Scottish and Welsh Brexit bills challenged

Supreme court ruling sought on whether devolved parliaments can legislate for Brexit

The UK government is challenging the legality of emergency Brexit bills passed by the Scottish and Welsh parliaments after months of dispute about their policy-making powers.

The attorney general, Jeremy Wright QC, and the advocate general for Scotland, Lord Keen, said on Tuesday they had applied to the supreme court for a ruling on whether the devolved parliaments have the constitutional authority to legislate for Brexit.

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