Article 50 High Court verdict: Arron Banks and Nigel Farage blast verdict - while Boris Johnson says nothing

Reactions to the High Court ruling negative among prominent leave campaigners

Gina Miller, who brought the case, making a statement outside the court

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Numerous people have expressed their disappointment at the High Court's decision that the government cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliamentary approval, with leading figures in UKIP among the most vehement critics.

Speaking in the House of Commons, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said "the Government is determined to respect the result of the referendum".

He said: "The Government is disappointed by the court's judgement.

"The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by acts of Parliament. The Government is determined to respect the result of the referendum.

"This judgment raises important and complex matters of law and it's right that we consider it carefully before deciding how to proceed.

"I have nothing to add other than to reiterate that it's right that the Government will consider carefully before deciding how to proceed following the judgment."

Unsurprisingly UKIP figureheads were rather more cutting in their reaction.

UKIP donor Arron Banks, co-founder of the Leave.EU movement, said 'unelected judges and out of touch politicians have declared war on British democracy."

Banks also posted an image of a Government leaflet published in the run-up to the referendum, highlighting a passage which read "This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide."

Interim UKIP leader Nigel Farage echoed Banks' sentiments, saying he was worried that politicians were attempting to block or delay Brexit and warned that such a move would provoke huge public anger.

"I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand," he said. "Last night, I had a distinct feeling that our political class, who were out in force, do not accept the 23rd of June referendum result.

"I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50. If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke."

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was rather more pleased with the result, urging the Government to now set out its negotiating strategy to Parliament before triggering Article 50, which May previously declined to do because she said that she cannot reveal her hand before beginning negotiations.

He said: "It is disappointing that this Government was so intent on undermining parliamentary sovereignty and democratic process that they forced this decision to be made in the court, but I welcome the news today that MPs will get to vote on the triggering of Article 50.

"Given the strict two-year timetable of exiting the EU once Article 50 is triggered, it is critical that the Government now lay out their negotiating strategy to Parliament, before such a vote is held.

"So far May's team have been all over the place when it comes to prioritising what is best for Britain, and it's time they pull their socks up and start taking this seriously."

However the one man who everyone wants to hear from has (so far) stayed silent.

Boris Johnson, the most high-profile figure of the Brexit campaign, has yet to make a public comment on the vote.

Johnson did make a comment last night, in the hours before the verdict, although his suggestion that the Government would make a "titanic success" of Brexit perhaps wasn't the most opportune remark.

Read more about the High Court ruling via the following links: 

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