Idiot is idiot

The annual report of the Department for Exiting the European Union, published on Wednesday, showed legal costs were the most significant area of expenditure after staffing.

In total, David Davis’s department spent £3.7m on legal costs. Of that, £2.2m went on commissioning legal advice on policy from government lawyers. And of the remainder, £1.2m was accounted for by two legal cases – the article 50 case and a separate action over Britain’s membership of the European Economic Area.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, Tom Brake, said: “This £1.2m bill is a kick in the teeth for taxpayers. The Conservatives fought every step of the way in the courts to try and avoid proper scrutiny over Brexit, now the public is having to pick up the tab.”

Gina Miller brings a case or two against the government and the legal bills are the government’s fault?

24 comments on “Idiot is idiot

  1. Well, yes, Tim, because the government should have just given her what she wanted. It’s obvious, when you think about it.

  2. Of course it’s the government’s fault. Fancy holding a referendum then acting upon the majority decision when the right thing to do would have been to ignore the result in the best interests of the Remain intelligentsia!

  3. Imagine the Guardian fretting over £1.2m.

    One can imagine the journalist saying “ONE MILLION POUNDS” in a Dr Evil voice.

    Anyway, simple solutions:

    1. Governments always cave in to any legal challenge, Labour or Tory. Goodbye gay marriage.
    2. Civil servants work for nothing.

  4. OT

    There was an article on Today saying that the EU negotiating team fear that the UK might be spying on them.

    Might? It would be a dereliction of duty if we weren’t at least trying, using all legal means available.

  5. File under the same sort of whinging that has Labourites complaining that the Tories didn’t eliminate the deficit – they did what you wanted cos you successfully applied pressure, and now you’re moaning?

  6. £1.2M? What a stupendous waste of money – you could have two years of John Humphreys for that much.

  7. Doing something likely to get you a court case you can’t defend against is a pretty good sign of incompetence though and that’s what costs us. Citizens should not have to go to court to ensure the govt operates in an accountable manner.

    So no the legal fees per se aren’t dexeu’s fault but the cost of not just doing a parliamentary motion in the first place , or before dexeu writing the referendum bill properly, is.

    The economics of placing legal fees with the responsible govt body sort of makes sense from that perspective – it’s a signal of their competence … (q: as in why did you break the law , a: we forgot to change it …)

  8. Actually the idiots who defended the case using in-house counsel should be punished. I read the transcript and Miller’s counsel ran right over the in house idiot. In reality the case should have gone the other way – but the pathetic case put forward by the government saw it go to the other side.

  9. “Citizens should not have to go to court to ensure the govt operates in an accountable manner.”

    Citizens being able to hold governments to account in tbe courts is part of what we mean by the rule of law.

  10. “This £1.2m bill is a kick in the teeth for taxpayers. We should just give the EU £350m a week forever.”

  11. This £1.2m bill is a kick in the teeth for taxpayers.

    It certainly is a kick in the teeth for taxpayers. Why isn’t Gina Miller (or her backers) paying the costs?

  12. “It would be a dereliction of duty if we weren’t at least trying, using all legal means available.”

    FTFY.

  13. Because Gina Miller and her backers won the case, unfortunately, otherwise she could have been pursued for costs. As it was, I think we also paid hers.

  14. Because Gina Miller and her backers won the case, unfortunately

    Good point. I obviously hadn’t had enough coffee when I was thinking she’d lost.

  15. What should the second costliest item on Brexit bill be after salaries?

    Biscuits? Travel? Lubricant for people opposed to Brexit to use to get worked up with?

    I would suggest that legal fees would be one of the higher costs of Brexit, whether there were court cases or not.

  16. “Progressives” are the same everywhere. British voters vote for Brexit. Progs don’t want Brexit, so they sue to thwart the voters’ will. Then they blame the voters for the legal costs incurred defending the voters’ legitimate victory.
    In the US, when there’s a Democrat president who vetoes a budget from the Republican congress, the headlines say the Republicans are shutting down the government. If a Republican president vetoes a budget from a Democrat congress, the headlines will still blame the Republican, because to the progs, their will is what determines what is right.

  17. ‘The annual report of the Department for Exiting the European Union’

    Can’t wait to see the Ten Year Report.

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