Lord Chancellor backs 'independence and impartiality' of judges, but fails to condemn attacks

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5th November 2016

Lord Chancellor Liz Truss has issued a statement backing the "independence and impartiality" of the judiciary, but came under fire for not condemning recent attacks on three High Court judges.

Brexit campaigners and several newspapers have attacked the trio of High Court judges who ruled last week that the Government needs parliamentary approval before triggering Brexit. 

Theresa May has made clear in talks with European leaders that she does not think Thursday's ruling will interfere with her aim of triggering Article 50 by the end of March. 

Ms Truss' statement today follows a call from the Bar Council for her to defend the independence of the judiciary. 

However she stopped short of condemning the attacks on the judges, who were branded 'Enemies of the People' in Friday's Daily Mail.

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"The independence of the judiciary is the foundation upon which our rule of law is built and our judiciary is rightly respected the world over for its independence and impartiality," Ms Truss said.

"In relation to the case heard in the High Court, the government has made it clear it will appeal to the Supreme Court. Legal process must be followed."

Shadow Justice Secretary Richard Burgon hit out at Ms Truss, saying her statement was "too little, much too late" and had failed to "adequately stand up to attacks on the judiciary". 

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron joined in the criticism on Twitter.