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We don’t do pol­i­tics, says head of Supreme Court

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The head of Bri­tain’s high­est court has in­sisted judges “don’t do pol­i­tics”, as he hit back at Gov­ern­ment crit­i­cisms of “ju­di­cial ac­tivism”.

Chal­lenged in a BBC in­ter­view over whether judges were med­dling in pol­i­tics, Lord Reed, the new Supreme Court pres­i­dent, said: “We don’t do pol­i­tics. We do de­cide le­gal ques­tions that have im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal ram­i­fi­ca­tions that can have im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal con­se­quences but the is­sue we de­cide is a strictly le­gal is­sue.”

He also said lawyers rep­re­sent­ing mi­grants in their asy­lum claims were not “ac­tivists”, as they were de­scribed in a Home Of­fice video, but were sim­ply do­ing their job.

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