Monday, November 07, 2016

My Tory MP is “surprised and disappointed” by the government’s reaction to the Article 50 ruling

I was pleased to see the comments of Sir Edward Garnier, the Conservative MP for Harborough, on the government's reaction to the High Court's ruling on Article 50.

He told the Harborough Mail:
"The court expressly said we are not here to discuss whether it’s a good or bad idea to be in or out of the EU.
"The ruling was to do with Parliamentary approval. The court reached the conclusion that the Government alone can not, through use of the Royal Prerogative, change statute law. 
"It needs to be approved by the whole of Parliament. The whole point of the Civil War (Crown versus Parliament) was to do with that!"
The report goes on to say:
“What newspapers write or say is up to them” said Sir Edward. “If they want to say things that are silly or inaccurate, that’s a matter for them. 
“But I was surprised and disappointed that Government Ministers such as Sajid Javid on Question Time said the court’s decision was “an outrage”. 
Sir Edward said he was also “surprised and disappointed” that the Lord Chancellor, Elizabeth Truss, had to be “reminded” that it was her job to uphold the independence of the courts.
Being only human, Sir Edward must sometimes reflect on how much better qualified he is to be Lord Chancellor than is Liz Truss.

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