Damian Green: Political debate in Supreme Court ‘feels wrong’

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Damian Green said he felt “uncomfortable” about the Supreme Court having the final say on whether Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks was lawful.

The former First Secretary of State under Theresa May told talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer there was a “tension” between the courts and the government.

“I share the views of a lot of people that this somehow isn’t quite right that the place for political arguments is Parliament and we have a Supreme Court to be the ultimate arbiter of the law,” he said.

“There just feels something wrong about political arguments taking place in the Supreme Court. In the end Parliament is the place where this needs to be decided, not the courts.”

The Conservative MP also weighed in on Jeremy Corbyn’s pledge to remain neutral during a second referendum should Labour win government.

The Labour leader said his party would offer a “sensible” withdrawal deal, however he would not campaign either way.

Mr Green said it was absurd that “the vast bulk of the Labour Party would campaign for remain” but their leader would stay quiet.

“Why would anyone in Europe bother to spend a minute negotiating with a Labour government?” he said.

“They would know that they have a leader who wasn’t going to express a view and a party that was overwhelmingly going to campaign against the deal that a Labour government had agreed. It is a simply absurd proposition.”

He added: “Every week Labour produces a new Brexit policy and every one appears to be more absurd than the last.”

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