The Supreme Court’s decision today is most welcome. Its clarity, its unanimity and its reasoning are exemplary. The British version of democracy that we have enjoyed has been rescued for the moment.
It is a triumph for a constitution that goes back to 1688. Perhaps its finest moment. But, ironically, its finest moment may also be its last. For the very fact that it has had to make this ruling demonstrates that the conventions and political culture that were its foundations have been blasted into the past.
The Brexiteers will strike back ferociously. The Daily Telegraph was already calling for a ‘Brexit Constitution’ to make judges answerable to politicians and bring them to heel, as in today’s United States. Today, in immediate and therefore prepared response to the Supreme Court judgment it has published a diatribe by the Brexit Party MEP John Longworth denouncing the ‘usurper parliament’ and describing the judiciary as part of a continental conspiracy against the spirit and culture of the Anglo-Americans.
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