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Stuart Wheeler Libson Treaty Referendum Court Case

Asked if the Government had a response to the judgement in Mr Wheeler’s case, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) replied that Jim Murphy had given a response earlier today, which said that the judges had come down very clearly on the side of the Government and found that this claim lacked substantive merit and therefore should be dismissed.

Put that the judges had said that there were no grounds for an appeal but that Mr Wheeler was going to ask for one anyway and asked if this would delay the ratification process, the PMS said that whether or not Mr Wheeler appealed was up to him; Judge Richards had today refused leave to appeal to his court and made very clear that he saw "no compelling reason why an appeal should be heard". Judge Richards had also referred to the avoidance of unnecessary delay in this matter. At the moment no appeal had been lodged and therefore we would proceed with ratification.

Asked for an idea as to when this might happen, the PMS said that the process normally took anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks; it depended on the availability of the Great Wafer Seal among other things.

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