The UK government has said it will appeal a ruling by the High Court today that the referendum in favour of exiting the EU does not have power to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval and a vote from MPs.
The Lord Chief Justice ruled that the government’s arguments are “contrary to fundamental constitutional principles of the sovereignty of parliament”.
Yet that same parliament, which the Lord Chief Justice admits is sovereign, gave the British people the right to decide on a Brexit through a referendum.
Therefore, it follows that, if the parliament is sovereign and gave the people of the UK the right to decide in a referendum on the Brexit, that decision or referendum result must be respected. Otherwise, it follows that parliament is not sovereign and cannot allow a referendum contradicting the statement of the Lord Chief Justice that parliament is sovereign. In other words, the ruling states that sovereignty of parliament can be usurped by the Lord Chief Justice “contrary to fundamental constitutional principles of the sovereignty of parliament” in a blatant contradiction.
The High Court is issuing a flawed, illogical and politicized judgement aimed at stopping a Brexit.
The High Court’s ruling annulling the democratic will of the British people as expressed in a referendum voted on and agreed by parliament amounts to a judicial coup.