So it turns out Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit after all. Which is just as well, because that statement meant absolutely nothing to anything or anyone. Yesterday, the High Court ruled that the government can’t trigger the UK’s exit from the EU without Parliament’s approval after a challenge by Gina Miller. This is an astonishing turn of events and one that I can’t believe somebody didn’t know about a bit earlier??
James O Brien, a DJ on LBC radio, successfully cuts through the crap of the ruling and everything else in-between to get to the nitty gritty of the situation by pointing out that “”all of the advisers, all of the campaigners, all of the geniuses who’ve been lying through their teeth for the best part of this year, they couldn’t even come up with a fatuous slogan to describe what was going to happen next, without effectively breaking the law of the land or acting in direct contravention of the law.”
Referring to Teresa May he said, “When she came up with “Brexit means Brexit” she even got that wrong. The idea that she could trigger it, using the royal prerogative, without talking to our sovereign elected democratic parliament, the seat of democracy in this country. She even got that wrong”. “Brexit doesn’t even mean Brexit!” Turns out that MPs must get a vote on UK leaving the EU. The will of the people has to be expressed by an act of parliament and I have to say that the idea of allowing the people we have elected to scrutinise the facts and realities to have the final say is a good thing and that’s why we have a democracy, surely.
He reads out the crucial bit of the judgement and for ease – I’ve repeated it here and highlighted the relevant bit:-
“In what is still the leading account, “An Introduction To The Law Of The Constitution”, by the constitutional jurist professor A V Dicey (page 38 of the 8th edition published in 1915) he explains that the principle of parliamentary sovereignty means that parliament has “the right to make or unmake any law whatever and further that no person or body is recognised by the law as having a right to override or set aside the legislation of parliament”.