The High Court's decision that the British government must get the approval of MPs before triggering article 50 and formally leave the EU has understandably made all the headlines in the last 24 hours. Predictably the europhobic right reacted with characteristic hysteria to the decision. Ukip leadership hopeful Suzanne Evans displayed echoes of Mussolini by calling for the judges to be sacked, while other kippers called for a "peoples march" on Rome.....er i mean London.
What critics of the decision who complain it is an attack on democracy seem to forget is the British government was going to use the archaic and entirely undemocratic royal prerogative to enact article 50. Yesterday's decision doesnt mean the result on June 23rd wont be respected and that Brexit wont happen - but it does mean that the british government will need to get the approval of MPs before triggering article 50. I can't see MPs trying to reverse the referendum result - indeed all the signs are that most MPs will vote in favour of triggering article 50. But it does mean the kipper and tory right dream of a so called 'hard brexit' may be dead - and quite right too! After all there was nothing on the ballot paper on June 23rd about leaving the EU single market or deporting millions of EU nationals currently living in the UK.
The irony about all of this of course is that what yesterday's decision represented was a British court deciding that the British government must
consult the British parliament before triggering Britain's exit from the
EU - now how could any brexiter argue with that? Surely that is 'taking back control'?
Finally being Welsh i did smile when i learned that the most senior judge sitting in the High court is a certain Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd - Cwmgiedd is a village in the Welsh town of Ystradgynlais.