The following is an exclusively obtained transcript of the summing-up by the QC for the respondents in the case Regina v. the European Commission and Others concerning the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury:

Rarely can there have been a more vexatious case than that which is before you today. The proposed exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union has divided public opinion more than any other issue that has arisen in these islands since the Reformation, or perhaps more appositely, the Civil War. Both sides are convinced of the rightness of their cause. Neither is prepared to give ground. But my purpose today is not to persuade you of the justice of one side or the other. Rather, it is to demonstrate that the matter has effectively moved to the point at which resolution will be achieved by default following the decision of the British Government to set a date beyond which there can be only one outcome.