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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Brexit - Supreme Court DECIDES

So the day dawns when the Supreme Court hands down its judgment on the appeal by the Government against an earlier ruling which held that Theresa May was not entitled to invoke the Royal Prerogative in triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, firing the starting gun on Britain’s departure from the EU. That earlier judgment meant that Parliament would have to be consulted before any move to trigger was made.
The press, especially the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre and his obedient hackery at the Daily Mail, have been softening up the Supreme Court justices, principally through smears and character assassination, calling those who handed down the earlier judgment “Enemies Of The People” and talking - wrongly and maliciously - of “Judicial activism”. The Mail is again invoking theWill of the people” in support of its stance today.

All eleven justices have participated in the decision handed down today. This has enabled some commentators to engage in spinning away the legitimacy of a split decision - claiming that if, for instance, the appeal were lost by a seven to four majority, those happy Brexiteers could claim a moral victory. But this only shows the desperation of the Europhobic press - and that they have no idea what the result will be.

And so the justices took their seats around five minutes late, at 0935 hours. There was a preamble covering the history, and it was stressed that the issue was not about whether the UK could leave the EU, or the timetable for doing so.

Then the decision was handed down in short order: by a majority of 8 to 3, the Government’s appeal was lost.

The Government cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval. The Government’s argument was rejected.

The referendum was merely advisory and so an Act of Parliament would be needed to proceed further in leaving the EU.

Also, lest we lose sight of this point, the Supreme Court has judged that the devolved Governments and Assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do not have to be consulted over the Article 50 process, and cannot therefore veto it.

That makes the judgment very much a two-edged sword for campaigners. The Scots in particular will be less than happy, especially given the emphatic margin for Remain north of the border.
What do you f***ing mean I've lost, c***?!?

All of this means that, as proven so many times since the 17th Century, Parliament is supreme. So the will of the people, through their elected representatives, will prevail.

The Europhobic press can be expected to react with its usual fury, but the Supreme Court has done its job, and interpreted the law as it sees fit. That is all.


Alan Clifford said...

It is upon this kind of issue the Civil War was fought. And won by Parliament, not by monarchy government.

It is Parliament which is sovereign, not government.

And that is the proper opinion of the Supreme Court based on the laws of the land.

All of which means we can for a short time at least enjoy the spectacle of Dirty Dacre eating his own liver in the company of others of his ilk.

Make the most of it.

SteveB said...

It will be interesting to compare the front pages of tomorrow's English and Scottish Suns!!!

Andy McDonald said...

Sometimes only a film quote will do. So, to quote "From Dusk Till Dawn" to the Leave side, "Are you so much of a loser that you can't tell when you've won?".

David said...

I'm now fully expecting Chairman Elliott's "Brexit Central" vanity project to be a hotbed of Twittersphere poor losers for the rest of the day, replete with chief teaboy Isaby ingraciously chucking his toys out of the pram (see also: original Gina Miller victory, Richmond by-election).

D. Trump said...

I gotta tell ya folks. GOD never smiled down in that court room today. The rain must have been blocking his view.

I'm not smiling because Madonna hasn't forgiven me. So, I'll keep serenading her until she responds.

Here is another special song I've written for her. It took me three weeks so I hope she appreciates it......

You only see what your eyes want to see
How can life be what you want it to be
You're frozen
When your doors left open
You're so consumed with how much you get
You haven't got your heating fixed yet
You're broken
When your heart's not open
Mm, if I could melt your heart
Mm, we'd never be apart
Mm, give yourself to me
Mm, you hold the key
Now there's no point in placing the blame
And you should know I suffer the same
If I lose you
My house will be frozen.
Love is a bird, she needs to fly
Let all the hurt inside of you die
You're frozen
When your heart's not open
Mm, if I could melt your heart
Mm, we'd never be apart
Mm, give yourself to me
Mm, you hold the key