New 'Brexit lessons' will be rolled out in secondary schools across Britain today
The lessons, developed by the Bar Council and the Citizenship Foundation, will teach children about all things Brexit in a bid to inform younger generations and the process and implications of Britain’s departure from the EU.
As the UK’s highest court gets set to deliver its ruling on the Government’s Brexit challenge, schools across the country will launch the lessons to education pupils about the judiciary’s role in the democratic process.
Free teacher resources are being distributed to every secondary school in Britain after the Bar Council developed a plan to teach the high-profile issue to students.
Sam Mercer, Head of Policy for CSR at the Bar Council, said: "How do you explain to a teenager that there is an argument for unelected judges in a democracy?
The news comes as the Supreme Court are set to deliver their ruling on who will trigger Article 50
“Constitutional politics is not always easy to understand, but it is vital that our children properly understand how our government and judiciary work, and we are delighted to be working with the Citizenship Foundation on this project.”
She continued: “These lessons will help students to understand why judges are involved in deciding questions such as who should trigger Article 50.
“Not everybody will agree with their ruling, but young people should be able to think critically about Government and the judiciary, and we want to give them the right tools and information so that they can do it properly.”
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Tom Franklin, chief executive of the Citizenship Foundation, said they wanted to help young people "understand the importance of the rule of law in upholding democracy in the UK by discussing a real-life and significant event".
The news comes as the Government prepares to hear the ruling of one of the most significant constitutional cases in decades, with the Supreme Court set to determine whether ministers or Parliament have the power to formally begin the Brexit process.
The challenge is being led by campaigner Gina Miller
Eleven justices at the country's highest legal body are set to publicly announce their crunch ruling at 9.30am.
Ministers are understood to be ready to fast-track legislation through the Commons and Lords if the judges uphold the challenge launched by anti-Brexit campaigner Gina Miller.