The Tory government has refused at least six times to reveal the huge costs of the Supreme Court Brexit case to the taxpayer.
Legal fees could run into six figures for Theresa May’s bid to stop MPs voting before she triggers Article 50 , which begins Britain’s two-year EU exit.
But ministers have now declined five times in Parliament to publish details of the case’s costs so far – saying only they will be “published in due course”.
And when the Mirror contacted the government’s Brexit department last week, a spokesman was unable to provide costs or a date when they will be published.
A Department for Exiting the EU spokesman said simply: “The court case is ongoing. Our legal costs will be published in due course.”
The delay has been condemned by Labour.
Shadow Brexit minister Jenny Chapman said: “The public have a right to know how much taxpayers’ money is being spent on this appeal.
“The Government’s failure to answer even basic questions in Parliament shows once again their failure to be open and transparent on the Brexit process.”
The four-day case was the first to feature all 11 justices of the Supreme Court and and was of the biggest in its seven-year history.
Unlike the original High Court case, which was brought by campaigners, it was the government’s decision to trigger an appeal in the Supreme Court.
Ministers want the judges – due to give their judgement next month – to overturn the original ruling saying Theresa May needed MPs’ approval to trigger Brexit .
A crowdfunding campaign by activists opposing the government asked for £75,000.
Brexit Secretary David Davis was asked on November 7 if he would reveal how much taxpayers’ money was being spent on the government’s appeal.
He replied: “All those figures will be published in due course.”
MPs were then forced to accept the same answers from ministers in written replies on November 17, December 12 and twice on December 15.
Ms Chapman added: “Instead of undertaking an unnecessary and costly appeal they should be allowing proper debate on the basic terms of Brexit in Parliament.”