No news as yet as to if the government will appeal. Ironically this presents a big problem for Corbyn. Many on his backbenches will vote against triggering Article 50. Against the will of the voters…
UPDATE: Read the full ruling here.
UPDATE II: Government statement:
“The Government is disappointed by the Court’s judgment. The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by Act of Parliament. And the Government is determined to respect the result of the referendum. We will appeal this judgment.”
Anthony Browne of the British Bankers Association is a deservedly well paid lobbyist on behalf the industry. He earned his crust this weekend by getting the Observer’s front page splash:
The lurid claim made in the first line is that
“Britain’s biggest banks are preparing to relocate out of the UK in the first few months of 2017 amid growing fears over the impending Brexit negotiations, while smaller banks are making plans to get out before Christmas.”
This echoes the claims made during the referendum campaign – claims which included that Britain will go into immediate recession this year if we dared to vote to leave the EU. Guido tried to bet anyone of the 71% of City economists who made that claim £1,000 that there would be no recession in 2016. Not one economist him up on the wager. So Guido’s new offer is to Anthony: £1000 says that not one leading bank will give up its UK banking licence next year to relocate to the EU.
Winnings to charity. Well Anthony, do we have a bet?
Remoaner lawyers seeking to force a parliamentary vote on triggering Article 50 are trying to “invalidate” the referendum result, the high court has heard. Attorney General Jeremy Wright told the court that giving MPs another vote on Brexit is “not required”, explaining that using the royal prerogative is part of a “proper and well established” principle:
“The other parties in this case have sought to say they are defending the sovereignty of parliament. We say that parliament can retain its sovereignty as much by choosing not to do something as by doing something. It chose not to restrict the way royal prerogative powers work on multiple opportunities. The prerogative powers are available to use, we say, to give clear effect to the wishes of the people of the UK that we should begin the process of leaving the EU.”
Decision tomorrow. It shouldn’t be a difficult one.
Above are the real life buses that Vote Leave, Britain Stronger In Europe, UKIP and Labour In used for the EU referendum campaign. But can you guess which one is which? Answers in the comments..
Remainers, why all the moaning about UK possibly leaving Single Market? We all knew what we were voting for, sure Cameron & Osborne told us pic.twitter.com/w9wnmKOEKM
— Voted for Brexit ❎ (@brexittruths) October 2, 2016
The Remoaners are claiming that Leave voters didn’t know they were voting to leave the single market – which incidentally means leaving the regulatory oversight of the European Commission – not abandoning exporting to the European market. This clip shows they can’t say Leavers didn’t know for what they were voting…
Theresa May’s sense of humour was on display when she appointed Alan Duncan as BoJo’s deputy at the Foreign Office, he had after all just a week before described him as “Borisconi”. In comments recorded before the referendum and broadcast last night on “Brexit: A Very British Coup“ Duncan said:
“I’ve always thought that Boris’s wish was to lose by one so that he could be the heir apparent without having to have all the… you know, s-h-1-t of clearing up all the mess, that’s always been my view of Boris.”
A lot of the commentariat and political class suspected that this was his calculation. To be fair many on the Leave side suspected this of him as well. That was until the campaign got into full swing. Boris led from the front, he put his heart into it, he energised the campaign. If it wasn’t for him the campaign would have been totally dominated by Nigel Farage, who even he would admit, does not appeal to everyone. Boris was the ace card that won the TV debate.
Guido’s gut feel is Boris’ heart was entirely for Brexit, his head was less sure, in the end he went with his heart. That is enough for most Tories, three quarters of whom backed Brexit. For that reason, when the ball comes loose from the scrum, Osborne won’t have a chance of getting sight of it…