Friday, 4 November 2016

Er isn't this what the brexiters wanted?

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 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.


  1. Don't disagree, but I think 'taking back control of our borders' was a pretty important reason for voting BREXIT. And so we should honour such a pledge.

    That said, the question then is who wants to pay a substantial sum of money to the EU to remain a more or less full'ish member of the 'single market'? Not many I suspect, because it left our steel industry in tatters, our car industry entirely under foreign ownership and our ship building industry decimated.

    Yes, the bankers will be delighted, the accountants and management consultants too. But not too many others.

  2. Well brexit will happen anon - it's just a question of what form it takes ie a so called hard or soft brexit. I dont know about bankers, or accountants or consultants but i would think the estimated 200,000 people in wales whose jobs are reliant on access to the single market might be happy with yesterday's decision. Remember that over 80 percent of welsh agricultural exports are to the single market - so a brexit which might mean some form of continued access to the single market would be welcomed in many parts of Wales for sure.

    The decline in our steel industry began under margaret thatcher in the early 80s and the same goes for shipbuilding. And dont forget the EU did try and impose tariffs on chinese steel but this was blocked by david cameron's government.

  3. Interestingly, Cwmgiedd was used as a location for the film 'Silent Village', made to commemorate the destruction of the Czech village of Lidice by the Nazis in June 1942. This followed the assassination of Reichs Protector, Reinhard Heydrich.

    Fortunately we live in a democracy where the worst excesses of politicians and governments can be challenged in law before an independent judiciary.

    The people of 1930's Germany weren't so lucky.

  4. Hey anon thank you for that most interesting fact. When i'm not ranting on the blogosphere i'm something of a film buff, and as it happens in the process of putting together a blog called 'made in wales' - about the history of film and tv making in Wales. I'll certainly make sure to do a post on the 'silent village' when the blog is up and running.

    Yes i think your last point speaks volumes anon, and it's something those who are presently seeking to demonise Baron Thomas and co would do well to think about.

  5. No-one should demonise Baron Thomas nor should they demonise Margaret Thatcher.

    'We live in a democracy where the worst excesses of politicians and governments can be challenged in law before an independent judiciary.'