Gloating Europhiles goad Brexiteers over Theresa May’s court humiliation as her plans for quitting EU are thrown into turmoil by judges’ shock ruling

A dark day for British democracy. Hopefully the Supreme Court will overturn the High Court ruling next month. Around 480 out of 650 MPs – almost three-quarters of them – were ‘Remain’ supporters before the referendum on 23 June. The start of the article:

Gloating Europhiles hailed Theresa May’s humiliation tonight after judges ruled she cannot trigger Brexit without approval from parliament. The dramatic decision at the High Court raises the prospect of months of delay while MPs and peers fight a rearguard action against cutting ties with Brussels.

It sparked furious accusations that ‘activist’ judges are mounting a ‘power grab’ by siding with pro-EU campaigners against the will of the public.

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About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • It is more than a little odd to comment on a decision affirming the supremacy of parliament as a dark day for democracy.
    This was what brexit was supposed to be about.

    • No, Brexit was supposed to be about the will of the people. It was NOT about the supremacy of parliament. Parliament devolved the decision to the British people, who made their view clear.

      • Colin Carter

        But Parliament didn’t devolve to the public any decisions about the specific details of Brexit, nor did the public vote to repeal any existing laws that give Parliament the right to vote on how and when Article 50 is triggered (assuming the High Court’s decision is indeed upheld). Nor did the British public vote for an unelected Prime Minister to be able to bypass elected MPs, nor did it vote to crash headlong out of the EU at the earliest opportunity. If this makes any difference at all, it will make the process slightly slower, slightly more measured and slightly more coordinated. Theresa May will be granted less personal power, which is by no measure a bad thing. The Parliamentary vote, if there is one, will add another layer of legitimacy to pacify the 48%. Brexit will still be a success. Relax. It’s not a conspiracy.

      • Constitutionally, a vote in the Commons – if only an acceptance of the expressed will of the people – would seem to be necessary. The rogue factor is that Parliament could vote to remain in the EU, in which case we will have to remain (unless you fancy armed rebellion, which I don’t). The problem is that although Parliament is indeed sovereign, it gains its legitimacy from the will of the people. Should it vote against that expressed will, its legitimacy will be called into question – a dangerous political situation. We live in a representative democracy in which “representative” is a fundamental aspect.

  • epistemol

    This is a delaying tactic and it might succeed at this, but that’s all.

    PM May knows that UKIP remains a serious threat to the Conservatives, and by implementing Brexit she is depriving UKIP of their main policy, and she is keen to do that just that.

    If it SHOULD come to a second referendum vote, for example, the public, as opposed to the politcal elite, will be so outraged at the contempt of that political elite that the leave campaign will win by a landslide this time.

    Nigel Farage has pledged to resume UKIP leadership if Brexit is not delivered and this revitalising boost is something May just does not want since it will provide Labour leader Corbyn (who otherwise has the word LOSER stamped on his forehead) with his only chance to get anywhere at all.

    Should it come to an election,
    May will not want to go down in history as only the second female PM since Mrs.Thatcher, and who also threw away an otherwise unloseable election to a bunch of loosers.

    • cheannaich

      The public will be so outraged?? I sometimes suspect that the only way the public will become outraged is if Strictly Come Prancing and the Great British Bore Off were to be cancelled.

  • epistemol

    As a matter of interest, one of the Supreme Court judges who will be hearing the appeal is radfem Baroness Hale.
    A long time critic of marriage (though she herself has been married for 25 years – do as I say, not as I do -) writing ” we should be considering whether the legal institution of marrage continues to serve any useful purpose”.
    Presumably she approves of gay “marriage”, though she doesn’t say.

    She it was who drew up a law enabling a man to be thrown out of his own house if a woman alleged violence.

    She was also very involved in the 1989 Children Act, held by many critics to have taken away much of the parents say over their childrens lives.

    Made a High Court family judge 1994, she criticised male domination of the judiciary.
    Plus of course that the EUssr is a deeply feminist organisation anyway doesn’t help.

  • cheannaich

    Some times attributed to Mark Twain: “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”
    Now we see the undemocratic nature of our supposed Western Democracy. I am just amazed that people are gullible enough to actually think that the elite intend to lose any part of their influence, short of a revolution, to the masses. The Kinnocks and the Morgans et al are the cheerleading facade of our EU dictatorship.

  • daddybones45

    The EU was never going to allow useful member states to pull out at will, was it? That’s not why the EU was founded and contingency plans have been in place to stop this for a long time. Cashflow is paramount here. Financiers, bankers, councillors, peers and judges on the money train are hardly likely to admit the sovereignty of, or hand back rights to, people like us. Looks like someone’s going to get the war they wanted, all the same.

  • Guttorm, thank you. Why ‘raving’ Eurosceptics? The EU is fundamentally undemocratic and deeply influenced by feminist ideology.