Now Eursceptics 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.
“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.”
Nigel Farage has hit out at the High Court over the ruling
The Government were granted permission to appeal this morning’s High Court decision
Following a three-day hearing last month, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Thomas – sitting with the Master of the Rolls, Sir Terence Etherton, and Lord Justice Sales – this morning gave their ruling in a historic case expected to go to the Supreme Court for a final decision.
Leading legal figures have been arguing the historic case in the High Court
Nigel Farage said the decision was a ”betrayal”
Pro-Brexit MPs were quick to denounce the decision, with Michael Fabricant – the MP for Lichfield – urging ministers to ”deplore” it, as he does.
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.”
”Predictably, the same people now quoting ‘parliamentary sovereignty’ are the very same people who were happy to give it away for last 40yrs.”
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.”
The High court ruling was announced in London today
Speaking to the House of Commons as news of the ruling broke, International Trade Secretary and top Brexit backer Liam Fox told MPs: ”The Government is disappointed by the court’s judgment.
”The country voted to leave the EU 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 matter of law and it is right that we consider it carefully before deciding how to proceed.”
Katie Hopkins tweeted: “The Establishment versus The People. #standstrong the 52%.”
She added: “The Hopkins Hall of Fame. Which MPs will vote AGAINST the wishes of their constituents. Deselect yourselves. We are watching. #standstrong.”
Three judges made the controversial High Court ruling
The SDLP’s Mark Durkan, a member of the Brexit Select Committee, said: ”The SDLP has been consistent in its objection to the use and abuse of the dubious royal prerogative powers.
”Those of us who believe in parliamentary democracy know that major decisions where substantive details and strategic options count, should be debated and voted upon by MPs, rather than being pocketed as a private or personal tactic for a Prime Minister.”
Conservative MP Stewart Jackson wrote: ”Unelected judges calling the shots. This is precisely why we voted out. Power to the people!”
Colleague Stewart Jackson said: ”Brexiteers should keep calm and carry on – The voice of the people WILL be heard and Article 50 WILL be invoked. We are leaving the EU.”
UKIP members were also angry with the judges following the decision, with some accusing them of politicising their ruling.
Ukip’s only MP Douglas Carswell wrote on Twitter: ”Shocking judicial activism – these judges are politicians without accountability.”
The Government may now have to debate Article 50
UKIP candidate Paul Oakley said: “Arrogant federasts win High Court case to block Article 50. For now. One thing’s clear: Nobody voted for these vile people to stop #Brexit.”
He also tweeted: “What!?! Gina Miller now has the audacity to say Article 50 case was ”for all of us”. This vile woman does not speak for the 17m.”
UKIP Bishop Aukland said: “#Labour now quaking in boots as #Brexit #Article50 ruling will push May to quick General Election #UKIP must be ready with PPCs nationwide.”
Leave campaigner John Baron said the decision ”must not be allowed to frustrate the will of the British people”.
He said: ”It was made clear by the Government at the time that the referendum result would be respected by the political establishment.
”David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn both said they would invoke Article 50 the day after a Brexit result. People voted in the referendum on this basis. We will man the barricades if the result is not respected.”
Gina Miller helped lead the fight against Brexit
”It’s no surprise that the legal establishment has joined the political class in declaring war on British democracy. Why wouldn’t unelected judges want to preserve an EU system where unelected elites like themselves are all-powerful?
”Tony Blair let the cat out of the bag last week: the Remain campaign hasn’t gone away; they don’t have any respect for the 17.4 million and they will do everything in their power to reverse the public’s historic victory over the Establishment.
”Well, I don’t think the people are going to take this lying down. Leave.EU will now be going back into full campaigning mode, and I would urge anyone who believes in democracy to sign up and join the fight.”