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LORD Chan­cel­lor Liz Truss de­liv­ered a staunch de­fence of the ju­di­ciary in the wake of the Gov­ern­ment’s Supreme Court de­feat on Brexit.

In a state­ment is­sued min­utes after the judg­ment was handed down, she de­scribed the jus­tices as “peo­ple of in­tegrity and im­par­tial­ity”.

Last year, Ms Truss came un­der fire over claims she had not spo­ken out quickly enough in de­fence of three High Court judges.

They had faced fierce crit­i­cism after rul­ing Par­lia­ment must be given a vote on trig­ger­ing Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Re­spond­ing to the Supreme Court judg­ment, Ms Truss said: “Our in­de­pen­dent ju­di­ciary is the cor­ner­stone of the rule of law and is vi­tal to our con­sti­tu­tion and our free­doms.

“The rep­u­ta­tion of our ju­di­ciary is un­ri­valled the world over, and our Supreme Court jus­tices are peo­ple of in­tegrity and im­par­tial­ity.

“While we may not al­ways agree with judg­ments, it is a fun­da­men­tal part of any thriv­ing democ­racy that le­gal process is fol­lowed.

“The Gov­ern­ment has been clear that it will re­spect the de­ci­sion of the court.”

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