The Article 50 Court Ruling Will Add More Uncertainly to Brexit | James Spencer-Boyce

The Supreme Court ruled that Parliament must vote on Brexit

On the day that the Supreme Court has ruled that the government cannot trigger article 50 without consent from parliament, there is yet more uncertainty and mystery for the future of Britain and indeed it's people – of whom will suffer the consequences the most.

The Supreme Court’s judgement will mean MPs will now have the chance to frame the triggering of article 50, and indeed, more sinisterly, the Brexit decision in its entirety. The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, this morning suggested that there should be a secondary referendum – for the people to decide unequivocally for the confirmation of the plans that Theresa May’s government has in mind. He claimed ‘ for a decision that began with the people, this  must finish with the people’.

But the real question in hand is, what is the point of holding the referendum? Clearly, a referendum is not legally binding, nor is it advisory if a select group of 650 MPs will have the opportunity to block leaving the EU.  It appears, an unprecedented coalition of Liberal Democrats, Greens, SNPs, Plaid Cymru and some Labour and Tory MPs are intending to vote against Brexit, and who knows, there may be more? Corbyn has announced he and his MPs would not block Article 50 being triggered, but does her really have the support of his party, certainly the MPs in the commons?

What is even more shocking, for some, is that the devolved powers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will have absolutely no power to veto, or barely have a say in the matter. For the Scottish people, today's legitimate ruling spearheaded by Gina Miller, will infuriate and swell up nationalistic hopes of a second Scottish referendum. Little over 50% voted in autumn 2014 to to remain part of the UK,  and the question that must be asked is, how many of the Scottish people who voted to stay part of the UK did so under the impression that they would remain members of the European Union and the single market?

The devolved administrations in the not so United Kingdom have enjoyed more power and sovereignty since 1997, when Labour PM Tony Blair constitutionally altered power distribution in the UK. However, as we have seen recently in the UK last week with the Northern Ireland debacle, and as we have seen today with the Article 50 judgement, really how much power do these Administrations enjoy?

If the Scottish people are granted the opportunity to hold a second Scottish referendum, I have no doubt, that the people of Scotland would vote to leave the UK – to either remain in some way in the EU and single market, or submit an application to join. This would be he most opportune time for the SNP to do so.

And, as has been so greatly speculated and scrutinised since June 23rd 2016, is what is the Brexit plan? How can we leave the EU under the leadership of someone who was so strongly against doing so? A week ago today, Theresa May said Britian would be leaving the single market – a move she dubbed, 6 months ago,  as dangerous and potentially devastating. If there was a decisive and efficient Brexit plan in place before, which is unlikely, there certainly wouldn't be after today's ruling.  I get the feeling, May, is trying to prove to everyone that she is a Brexiteer, and is being so stubborn – to the point she is prepared to lead our country to despair. I don't believe for a minute she thinks Britain leaving the EU and  the single market is what is for the best for Britian.

And therefore, I align myself, with  the Liberal Democrats, in calling for a second referendum, to truly decide what the people of our country want. We did not vote for uncertainty, we did not vote for an unorganised departure. Every step of the way we were misled by the vote leave campaign. Our country is in crisis, led by a leader who is not fully committed to a cause – that she herself does not agree with. The people were not consulted of these technicalities that straggle democracy. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – all of which voted hugely to remain, will get absolutely no say.


Nick Clegg, AC Grayling and Tim Farron are all being accused of defying the will of the people. But surely, the real defiance of the will of the people is the misinforming, and lack of clarity provided by our Government at the time of the referendum.  Now the people have seen how a chaotic Brexit will pan out, and the catastrophic consequences that will follow, I wonder if the people would change their minds, now they have been truly, by experience, informed of what Brexit is.


By: James Spencer-Boyce, Student Voices Writer | @spennabee
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