May insists Brexit remains on track
Nigel Farage is Ukip leader after resigning twice. Source: Flickr
British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she is “getting on” with leaving the EU, following last week’s explosive High Court ruling that MPs and members of the House of Lords must vote on when the formal process of leaving the EU can begin.
She called on MPs and peers to “remember” the June 23 referendum result, where 52 per cent of the people voted to leave the EU.
Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said Labour would vote to trigger Brexit, despite setting out a series of red lines for May.
Amid confusion among the party’s MPs about the leader’s position, a source told Sky that Corbyn’s support for invoking Article 50 was “unconditional”.
Interim Ukip leader Nigel Farage warned of protests if the vote in favour of leaving was ignored. However, the campaigner who brought the High Court case to challenge the government said the judges’ ruling would stop May’s new administration acting like a “tin-pot dictatorship”.
The judges ruled that both houses of Parliament should vote on when the government could trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
May said she would start the process before the end of next March.
Gina Miller, the investment manager who helped push the High Court challenge against the government, told the BBC: “Everyone in this country should be my biggest fan, because we have used our own money to create certainty about the way ahead. Do we want a country where we have no process? The case is that [May] cannot use something called the royal prerogative to do it because we do not live in a tin-pot dictatorship.”
The royal prerogative allows the executive to act without the approval of the legislature.
Farage, however, said the court’s decision meant the country was faced with “half Brexit”, adding that the “reach of the European Union into the upper echelons of this country makes it quite difficult for us to trust the judgement”.
“If the people of this country think that they’re going to be cheated, they’re going to be betrayed, then we will see political anger, the likes of which none of us in our lifetimes have ever witnessed,” he threatened.
“The temperature of this is very, very high. I’m going to say to everyone who was on the Brexit side, ‘Let’s try and get even. Let’s have peaceful protests and let’s make sure, in any form of election, we don’t support people who want to overturn this process’.”