This has been a positive week for those fighting against Theresa May and her plans for Brexit without a mandate or say from anyone else. Gina Miller, a London businesswoman, lead the High Court challenge, starting last week; along with the People’s Challenge group looking into the legal aspects. This case is demanding that MPs be given a vote on the timing of the invoking of Article 50.
Yesterday was the third and final day in the High Court hearing, which finished the first stage of one of the most important constitutional cases ever heard, with Brexit having many impacts on the direction of the country.
The People’s Challenge is very thankful to its 4918 supporters for making this happen, without so the arguments would not have been presented. A special thanks has also got to be given to Jolyon Maugham QC,who conceived of a crowdfunded challenge to the government’s position. The legal team also deserve praise for their hard work in presenting the case so compellingly, and to the Royal Courts of Justice staff for arranging live video feeds from the hearing room and transcripts every day so the public could follow the case and see the arguments.
The transcripts are available here: https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/publications/santos-and-m-v-secretary-of-state-for-exiting-the-european-union-transcripts/?utm_source=sendinblue&utm_campaign=Update_139_on_Peoples_Challenge_to_the_Government_on_Art_50_A_Parliamentary_Prerogative_October_19_2016&utm_medium=email
The evidence has shown that Parliament has the right to reject the final Brexit deal, with the Prime Minister now even indicating this for the first time. This immediately triggered furious debate on the possible consequences as Theresa May had previously refused this demand within the house.
Conservative MP Neil Carmichael called this encouraging and a “victory for all those who believe in the right of Parliament to represents the interests of our constituents”.
From the Liberal Democrats, Foreign Affairs Spokesman Tom Brake said the final decision whether to approve a Brexit deal should be made by the public; in a second referendum. He said: “It’s telling that it’s taken a court case to get the Government to finally admit it will give Parliament say on the Brexit deal.
“The Liberal Democrats will fight to ensure the British people are also given a say over the final deal to ensure it is right for them.”
Tomorrow is another significant day with the Witney by-election. in the seat vacated by David Cameron. Liz Leffman the Lib Dem candiate who has made no secret of being pro-EU and has been supported by the Vote for Europe group created by David Welsh, along with other pro-european groups created surrounding the referendum. The Lib Dems and supporters have been working hard to gain ground against the Conservatives in the constituency, and if successful would send the government a powerful message.
I have always believed leaving the EU is a bad decision for the country, and can still be averted if the public mood changes. An Act of Parliament should be now essential in invoking Article 50 as too much is at stake. The disagreement between Unilever and Tesco which resulted in Marmite coming off the shelves, was just a warning about prices rises to come if Brexit is inevitable. I however think that the tide is starting to turn with the government realising there is a great struggle ahead, especially if they ignore the 16 million and more; who believe Remain was in the best interest of the country.