The question on everyone’s mind, following the media speculation, will Theresa May call an early election following the High Court ruling on Brexit?
There is no doubt that the resignation of pro-Brexit MP Stephen Phillips is a blow to the Conservative party and the government, mainly citing ‘irreconcilable policy differences’ that triggers his departure.
Brexit has proven to be a disaster for the state and given that Theresa May inherited the role as Prime Minister the country did not give her a mandate. In my opinion, she has no authority to trigger Article 50 to take the UK out of the European Union.
Given the fact that referendum is not legally binding, therefore, the High Court is right in saying that it is Parliament that ultimately have the decision to allow Theresa May to trigger Article 50. The government can use the referendum results as a guideline as to how the country feels about either leaving or staying in the EU, but not the sole catalyst to take the UK out of the European Union, without sanction by Parliament.
There have been verbal attacks on our judges for their free decision. If the decision had gone in, the favour of the government, certain individuals would not be so quick to cast aspersions on the judges.
In my opinion, the backlash sparked against the judiciary following the High Court decision is unwarranted and totally disgraceful. The judiciary is an independent body and should always remain that way and any individual or government that wish to circumvent the independence of our judiciary process will fail.
No one is above the law not even the current administration, and I certainly agree with the individuals that are saying that the attacks on the Judicial system tantamount to threatening the independence of the service and has no place in a civilised society, they are correct. We cannot compromise democracy for the few.