Brexit veto?

On Thursday the High Court concluded that Parliamentary consent is needed to trigger Brexit officially known as Article 50 an unprecedented move and one which has caused discomfort for the Prime Minister, Theresa May. The conclusion by the High Court will undoubtedly cause even more confusion to the already complex negotiation hand of the government. This inevitably caused anger among leavers with David Jones, a Brexit minister, saying voters are “sick of Remain supporters in Parliament attempting to thwart the will of the British people”.

Theresa May said that she values “the independence of the judiciary” but also added that she valued “the freedom of the press”, who have gone on a rampage against the judges and rightfully so. Why should unelected judges be able to over turn the decision of the British people?  While the majority of we, the students, wanted to stay in EU the result of the referendum has to be respected as that is how democracy works. The person who brougt the case to the court is Gina Miller who is a investment banker and she argues that “(e)veryone in this country should be my biggest fan, because we have used our own money to create certainty about the way ahead” while this may be true, Miller has also created further obstacles for the governement to trigger Article 50. Theresa May is certian that the conclusion will be overturned however it is undeniable that this decision by the High Court has created headache for Theresa May.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party “respected the result of the referendum”, adding that “Article 50 will be invoked and there will be negotiations” which is a positive sign from a man people believe causes more trouble than good. However, Jeremy Corbyn wants the government to reveal its strategy but the  government does want to adhere to this because the government believes that they will be at a disadvantage in the negotiating table when Article 50 is actually triggered.

The government needs to get on with triggering Article 50, yes, had the government triggered Article 50 then none of this complication would of happened. The government has said it will trigger Article 50 at the start of 2017 (March) and this will only give more time for more complications to arise. Recently, Scotland has said they will join the legal challenge if the government does not reveal the exit plans which will further complicate matters, but the government has to respect Scotland’s decision as the majority of people there voted to stay. Nicole Sturgeon, leader of the SNPs, has said ‘ministers would “actively consider” whether or not to become involved in the case.’

Ultimately, the decision will come down to the Supreme Court who will have to decide in early December and more worryingly Northern Ireland might also make a case which will further complicate matters, maybe, to the point of no return for the government and this might cause a political revolution by the people.


has said ‘ministers would “actively consider” whether or not to become involved in the case.’ – Adam Withnall. Can be found at: