Today the Supreme Court demonstrated why the separation of powers is so important in a democratic country. Despite insults and pressure from the certain elements of the media and the Prime Minister's determination to get on with Brexit, 11 learned judges in the country's highest court upheld the Court of Appeals decision that Government must have permission from Parliament before Article 50 can be triggered.
Of course, this ruling is important in terms of how Article 50 is invoked. But in reality, it is unlikely to hamper the Governments timetable for exiting the EU. Most papers are reporting that a Bill will be presented before Parliament in the next few days, rushed through both Houses and given Royal Assent without too much opposition.
But this decision goes much deeper. Gina Miller and Deir Dos Santos, the courageous people who brought this case, committing to it despite threats to property and even life, have been adamant they never wanted to derail the British publics' decision made on 23rd June 2016. Their only interest was ensuring that Theresa May used the correct and just mechanism for starting the process which will affect the lives of all British residents and those living in the other 27 member states - getting permission from our democratically elected Parliament.
Today we as a country have proven that despite what is happening across the world, Britain still maintains its commitment to democracy and the rule of law. With news today that China is looking to abandon the rule of law, Donald Trump has reinstated Reagan-era anti-abortion policies and Russia is to decriminalise domestic violence, one could be forgiven for thinking that the fair rules based system we know is no longer applicable and many civilised countries are moving, or have already entered into the realms of dictatorship, clipping the rights of minority groups and women.
Theresa May attempted to dictate to us all, arguing that she was fully entitled to trigger Article 50 without Parliament's consent by exercising the Government's Royal Prerogative.She was stopped. Put in her place. And clearly told by our independent Judiciary that such an act required the consent of those elected by the people and for the people.
The ultimate outcome of the decision will not change. Britain will leave the EU. But today, we have sent a clear message to the world; Britain is still a fair, democratic, stable country in which the rule of law applies.
And this should comfort us all.
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