THE DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT WAS AS EXPECTED – I SUSPECT IT CHANGES NOTHING!
I accept the 8-3 ruling by the Supreme Court unreservedly. Post the Government losing its historic legal battle over Brexit, the Supreme Court published the full 43,000-word judgment online. Their Lordships ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May cannot lawfully bypass MPs and peers by using the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and start the two-year process of negotiating the UK’s divorce from its EU partners. Well done Mrs Miller! – Hope you got £60k’s worth.
However with respect it is NOT a victory for democracy. It is a decision, I hope, based on law, without political bias or wishing to sabotage the will of the people. These legal luminaries are 11 good men/ladies true. It is now up to the PM and more to the point Parliament, to eventually pass the legislation delivering the democratic decision of the people taken on 23rd June 2016.
I do not recall seeing ‘single market’ of ‘custom union’ on the ballot paper. Perhaps my eyesight has deserted me. I thought we were asked to make a ‘YES’ or ‘NO’ decision. Whether David Cameron, our then PM, asked the wrong or inadequate question, is a matter of conjecture. Also would there any need for a referendum, had a decent job negotiating in February been done. Even though about 430 MP are ‘remainers’, I would be surprised and amazed if they finally voted against the decision taken last June. For me that would be the end of democracy that I know and respect. So in essence the Supreme Court has potentially delayed the inevitable, which leaves far too much uncertainty for both UK and EU.
However there may be no delay. Why? The Government could introduce fresh legislation as it sees fit. Also it seems incompatible to me that since the vote to leave was constituency based that MPS would vote against their constituencies. I can see M/S Sturgeon’s SNP (56 seats) being a thorn in the backside of Mrs May for ever and a day plus 8 tiresome Lib-Dems, 10 Ulster MPS and 20 Labour London MPS and a few mavericks – that is say 100-120 MPS – Job done! – BREXIT achieved – that’s it in total. Once Article 50 is invoked, the decision is irreversible. Nothing has changed – However the world, as we know it, is far from a perfect place!