….and Sterling is loving it!
Now, Gina Miller and her team must hold onto this massive victory, hold on tight and make it count. I hope that, privately, Theresa May is pleased about this though I guess she’ll have to appeal the Judgment, she’s the PM and has a responsibility, further to the Brexit vote, to move in her current direction but this, if she wants it, gives her a ‘get out’.
This is wonderful, the Lord Chief Justice:
“The government does not have power under the Crown’s prerogative to give notice pursuant to Article 50 for the UK to withdraw from the European Union.”
So, Nigel Farage, in response to your complaint,
“We are heading for a half Brexit….I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand… I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50. If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke”,
“No, Nigel, it’s not a ‘betrayal’, it’s British law, and considering that you keep saying that you want Britain to ‘take back control’, considering that you want to return to the Sovereignty of Parliament, to get away from our having to respect European parliamentary and legislative institutions, it’s a bit rich for you to now refer to a decision by the High Court, a Declaration by the Lord Chief Justice, as a betrayal of the will of the British people.”
Farage doesn’t like the High Court ruling because he knows that the current will of the British people is, now, to remain in the EU.
Interestingly, the BBC’s assistant political editor, is saying that if the question as to whether or not to invoke Article 50 were to be put to the vote in The Commons, most MPs would vote in favour of it because the majority of voters in the Referendum had voted to leave the EU. I understand the point he’s making but I think a lot of MPs would find it hard to go against their own feelings. On the one hand, MPs are in Parliament to represent the views of their electorate but, on the other hand, don’t the voters put the MP in Parliament because they feel that the MP can and will act in their best interests? I guess there’d be MPs who would vote to simply keep their constituents, the voters, happy even if not in accordance with their own views but there’d also be MPs who would vote according to their own conscience, and in accordance with what they believe is best for their constituents, even if that meant losing their support.
Moreover, I simply don’t believe that the ‘will of the British people’ in this matter is what it was at the time of the Referendum. If MPs feel that they have a duty and responsibility to act in accordance with the ‘will of the British people’, they surely shouldn’t look to what it was in June but what it is now. One way forward for MPs, if it is put to a vote in Parliament, is to somehow ask their constituents how they want them, the MPs, to vote. The problem with that, of course is, besides the logistics of taking the constituents’ soundings, it’s another plebiscite act and we have seen with the Referendum that ruling by plebiscite leads to chaos.
We’ll have to wait and see how this is played out but it gives great ammunition to the ‘Remainers’, great strength to their communal elbow, the initiative is now very much with the ‘Remainers’, confidence is running high and, in the words of the late, great Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown, “I Feel Good!”