Readers are doubtless aware by now that the UK Supreme Court has ruled that the British government can't withdraw from the European Union without an authorizing vote in Parliament. This is despite the fact that the British people voted for such a withdrawal in a referendum last year. The Telegraph reports:
A group of campaigners, led by businesswoman and philanthropist Gina Miller, asked the High Court to rule last year on whether the Government’s proposal to invoke Article 50 using the royal prerogative was legal.
The High Court ruled in November that using the royal prerogative did not follow the correct parliamentary process, meaning that only a vote in Parliament could give the Prime Minister authority to trigger Brexit.
Because the referendum on Britain’s EU membership last June was not legally binding, it was treated by the court as a consultative exercise, and the judges decided that an Act of Parliament was required to make Brexit legal.
The Government appealed against that ruling, which has now been decided by the highest court in the country and has set a legal precedent for generations to come.
There's more at the link.
What this means, in so many words, is that even if the British people express their will in a referendum, that popular vote can be overturned if the Members of Parliament decide, in their wisdom (?), to vote for something else - something other than the result of the referendum.
We've heard much talk about the 'establishment' in this country. Here you see the 'establishment' in Britain at work. Their attitude is clear. "The will of the people? That's subject to what we have to say about it. Who do these commoners think they are, anyway?" (Forgetting that the British parliament is known as the 'House of Commons' for a reason!)
I think this decision is breathtakingly arrogant, and perfectly illustrates how the political class have lost touch with the people. I hope the Commons votes to implement the will of the British people, as stated in the referendum result. If it doesn't, it'll precipitate a far worse constitutional crisis, one where the will of the people is revealed to be of secondary rather than primary importance, advisory rather than binding. If that happens, it will reveal clearly that Britain is no longer a democracy at all . . . and that will have repercussions all over the world.