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Jeremy Wright, as the government's chief legal officer, has been front and centre of the post-Brexit fallout.
Jeremy Wright, as the government's chief legal officer, has been front and centre of the post-Brexit fallout.

WHILE Wellesbourne faces a battle to save its airfield, the village's MP has been thrust into a much bigger battle.

Jeremy Wright QC's Kenilworth and Southam constituency takes in Wellesbourne, Kineton and surrounding villages, but he is also the country's Attorney General and has this week been in court to defend the government's intention not to put the Brexit plan to MPs to vote on.

The government is seeking to overturn a High Court ruling last month that anti-Brexit campaigners were right to claim that the government needs Parliamentary backing for Brexit, despite June's referendum result.

And Mr Wright is fronting the government's legal challenge in the Supreme Court as counsel for Brexit Secretary David Davis.

He told the hearing earlier this week that Parliament had “put a clear and decisive question about our nation’s future to the British people” and expected the Government to “act on the answer they gave”.

But Mr Wright added: “None of this means, of course, that Parliament will not be closely involved in the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU over the coming months and years.”

Mr Wright was a criminal barrister before being elected as the Conservative MP for Rugby in 2005, and has served as Attorney General since 2014, being appointed by then Prime Minister David Cameron. He voted against leaving the EU.

The hearing in front of 11 Supreme Court Judges is expected to conclude on Thursday with their judgement due in January.



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