BREXIT & THE SUPREME COURT
This week the Supreme Court considers the Government’s appeal against the decision of the Administrative Court on the issue of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, specifically whether the triggering of Article 50 is a matter for Parliament and not the exercise of the Royal Prerogative on advice of the Government.
That anyone should think otherwise is extraordinary. That a matter so important, whatever your view and whatever your vote in the referendum, should be decided other than by Parliament, would render Parliament, and therefore elections, pointless.
Many of those who voted to leave the European Union did so in order to restore sovereignty to the Westminster Parliament, not to hand over dictatorial powers to ministers.
I am in that number.
The Administrative Court was right on every point.
I trust that the Supreme Court will uphold that decision 11 – 0.
No doubt the decision will be long and reasoned, but it need not be. Here is my draft:-
“The 11 judges of the Supreme Court unanimously uphold the decision of the Administrative Court that Parliament should decide on how and when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.
It is inconceivable that any rational person or body respecting our system of Parliamentary democracy could think otherwise.”
I repeat that I voted to leave the European Union because I wanted power restored to Westminster, and not to be in Brussels and certainly not in Buckingham Palace upon the advice of ministers.
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