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In The Sussex Peerage Case it was held that: ‘If the words of the statute are in themselves precise and unambiguous, then no more can be necessary than to expound those words in their natural and ordinary sense. The words themselves alone do, in such case, best declare the intention of the lawgiver.’ This could best be described as subscribing to which approach to statutory interpretation?

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The Sussex Peerage Case adopts the literal approach to statutory interpretation. This method involves interpreting the words of a statute in their plain, ordinary, and natural sense. It assumes that the words clearly reflect the legislative intent without the need for further investigation into the purpose or context. 

Key Point: This question tests the understanding of the literal approach, where the focus is on the clear and plain meaning of the statutory text.

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