Alistair Carmichael, Lib Dem spokesperson for home affairs, argued the Government is still attempting to avoid Parliamentary scrutiny despite the recent Supreme Court ruling.
MPs have begun two days of debate on the Government’s proposed bill to give the Prime Minister the power to trigger Article 50, the formal mechanism for leaving the EU.
Speaking on Daily Politics Mr Carmichael, Deputy Leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, said: “The Government are still trying to do what the Supreme Court have told them they are not allowed in law to do which is to sideline Parliament.”
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How is Parliament being sidelined in this regard?
Coburn then accused the MP of being flippant due to the high number of debates which have taken place in Parliament since June 23.
She said: “How is Parliament being sidelined in this regard?
"There have been 69 Parliamentary debates on the outcome of the EU referendum since June 23.
“Now if anyone can really put hand on heart and say, there hasn’t been a chance for Parliament to scrutinise this decision then really, you’re being facetious.”
David Davis has opened two days of debate on Brexit
But Mr Carmichael was not finished yet and said there was a clear divide between formal and general debates in the Commons.
He said: “There is the world of a difference between Parliament having general debates that don’t have votes and then actually meaningful debate of the sort we have today."
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Government Loses Brexit Vote Appeal
Tue, January 24, 2017
Britain's most senior judges ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the power to trigger the formal process Article 50 for the UK's exit from the European Union without Parliament having a say.
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Issued by the Supreme Court of (top row, from the left) Lord Neuberger, Lord Mance, Lord Kerr, Lord Sumption, (bottom row, from the left) Lady Hale, Lord Clarke, Lord Wilson and Lord Hodge, who agreed with the majority decision that the Government could not trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval.
If passed, the bill will hand the Prime Minister the authority to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and start EU divorce talks.
Mrs May has vowed to invoke Article 50 by the end of March.
The Supreme Court ruled the Government must gain the approval of MPs and unelected peers before triggering Brexit.