Baron Thomas, who is the country’s most senior judge, sparked a constitutional crisis this morning when he, alongside Sir Terence Etherton and Lord Justice Sales, ruled in the High Court the Government cannot trigger Article 50.
Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd was one of three judges behind today’s Brexit ruling
In their judgement the three explained their decision was based on “a pure question of law” and the court was making no statement about the merits of leaving the EU, which they described as a “political issue”.
‘Master of the Rolls’ Sir Terence Etherton
Eurosceptics reacted with dismay to the ruling at the High Court this morning, brought before judged by former South American model and her financier husband.
Now Brexiteers fear the decision could prove an “appalling” subversion of the will of the British people, following the historic vote on June 23 to quit the EU.
Nigel Farage took to Twitter to express his concerns, saying: “I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand.
“I now fear every attempt will be made to block or delay triggering Article 50. They have no idea level of public anger they will provoke.”
Ukip leadership hopeful Suzanne Evans condemned the “activist judges” and suggested they should be sacked.
She tweeted: “How dare these activist judges attempt to overturn our will? It’s a power grab & undermines democracy. Time we had the right to sack them.”
Lord Justice Sales also presided over the case
Richard Tice, co-chairman of Brexit pressure group Leave Means Leave, said: “This is disgraceful – 17.4 million people will be furious today.
“Our democracy is being damaged by an elite band of people in the legal system.”
He added: “A vote in Parliament is wholly unnecessary, time-consuming and betrays the democratic will of the people.”