Hello and hi. I do realise that I have practically drowned you all with a plethora of Brexit posts recently. Sorry, not sorry. Seriously though, thanks for reading-this is an important issue, and I thought you ought to know about it. So yesterday was a pretty big day here in the UK. Yes, yes it was. So, this happened…
Yesterday the UK Supreme Court ruled that MP’s must vote on whether the government can vote on the Brexit process. Essentially, that is the crux of it. Specifically, the judgement simply means that our Prime Minister, Theresa May, cannot begin talks with the EU (read: Germany and France) until MP’s and peers give their approval. Further, the court ruled that the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say.
Wow. So much for having a devolved government in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Of course, First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon was steaming mad when she heard that, but Wales and Northern Ireland were pretty ok with it. Plus, Northern Ireland is having a bit of a difficult time as their devolved government has collapsed due to Martin McGuinness stepping down. There is plenty I could say about Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Martin McGuinness, but this is neither the time nor place. Nope.
Brexit Secretary, David Davis promised a parliamentary bill “within days.” Wow, that is super quick. A bit too quick for my liking, but that’s just me. So, the Government lost its appeal, MP’s must now vote and Gina Miller is catching hell for sticking her nose in and bringing this case all the way to the Supreme Court. Also, British people are largely tired of anything to do with Brexit, not me though, I live for this stuff. Clearly. Anyway, you see our PM, thought she could make a decision and bypass the British public-she thought she could use her own executive powers/prerogative power in order to invoke Article 50. Oh how wrong she was.
What the UK Supreme Court Said
Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger upon reading out the judgement, said:
- “By a majority of eight to three, the Supreme Court today rules that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without an act of Parliament authorising it to do so”
- “Withdrawal effects a fundamental change by cutting off the source of EU law, as well as changing legal rights” (Uggh..ain’t nobody got time for that. Nope)
- “The UK’s constitutional arrangements require such changes to be clearly authorised by Parliament.” (note the language: ‘constitutional arrangements’ Bril!)
Of course, Lord Neuberger said more-the judgement was 96 pages long. But I have nicely summed it up for you. You are welcome.
So, what happens now? Well, a Brexit bill could be introduced as early as Thursday, as reported by the BBC. That is terribly fast. If anyone from the Government is reading this blog (and I assume you are) if you need any help drafting that bill, any help.at.all-be sure to reach out to me. Or you can find me at my usual spot, in reception of Portcullis House*. That is all.
* Portcullis House is an office building in Westminster-commissioned in 1992 and opened in 2001 to provide offices for 213 members of parliament and their staff.