Odd, perhaps, that no one has mentioned that parliament has begun to assert a right that MPs should vote before foreign military action. Surely a further example of executive power being curtailed by parliament?
Government has argued throughout case that the prime minister is free to act on the “international plane”.
The opaque language used to capture the complex interplay of executive powers and parliamentary legislation might sound like it was designed to stifle the comprehension of the passenger on the proverbial Clapham omnibus.
Not all of the legalese was Latin, although Lord Neuberger did resort to “de bene esse”. ‘Ambulatory’, suggesting something easily removed, came up frequently.
There was much talk of painful-sounding ‘clamps’ on the royal prerogative and of turning the European Communities Act 1972 into a ‘conduit’ – presumably in order to flush it’s contents into the North Sea.
Since the supreme court always provides lucid summaries of its judgments, the outcome, at least, should be perfectly clear.