I welcome the ruling of the High Court today which re-iterates the important constitutional fact that in the United Kingdom Parliament is sovereign. As I have argued consistently, this is an existential issue for the future of our country and our future prosperity. The consequences of a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ are not yet known, but are undoubtedly far more complex and less favourable than many of the leading Leave campaigners promised. Foolishly rushing headlong towards this without open debate in our sovereign parliament, is profoundly undemocratic and dangerous.
An advisory referendum cannot circumvent normal legal and democratic procedures. The Government has an opportunity to reflect, and argue its case in the Palace of Westminster, which is only right for a country that is a Parliamentary democracy.