Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will issue its decision on the Government’s appeal against the High Court’s judgment that Article 50 cannot be triggered without Parliament’s consent (R (on the application of Miller and another) (Respondents) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (Appellant)). Here are my thoughts:
- Blame Parliament: If Parliament had made the referendum legally binding in the first place, all of this legal wrangling could have been avoided.
- Don’t Bloody Whinge: All parties in the case (including the Government) agree that it is proper for the courts to decide the issues in dispute. That being the case, whoever loses has no right to whinge if the decision goes against them.
- This is Democracy: The Government decides policy, Parliament enacts that policy into law, and the courts interpret the law and settle disputes. This is how the constitution works.
- Judges Are Not Grabbing Power: If the Government lose their appeal, the judges will have simply affirmed that Parliament is supreme in the UK constitution. The courts will not be taking any power for themselves
- Don’t Attack the Judges: See 1, 2, 3 and 4. If you don’t like the judges’ decision, don’t call for them to be sacked or hanged nor call them traitors. That’s how fascists and morons behave.
- Read the Judgement: Don’t spout off about the judgement if you haven’t read it and only get your information from the bile-spouting tabloids or right wing rags. Watch the live feed or download the judgement. Grab yourself a primary source of democracy in action and be a witness to history as it is birthed. Treasure the fact that you live in a society that allows you to do so.