Douglas Carswell

25 JAN 2017

This Parliament needs to back Brexit - or make way for one that will

Yesterday's Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for Brexit. MPs have already backed triggering Article 50 by March. If they drag their heels now, we can always elect a new Parliament.

The real risk in yesterday's ruling wasn't the government losing the case. It was that the court might give the devolved administrations a veto over Brexit, or specify what kind of legislation the government would need to put before the House.

But that didn't happen. The judgment makes it very clear that the next steps are for Parliament, and Parliament alone.

That's good news. It means the government can put forward a simple one-line bill. The Brexit Secretary, David Davis, has signalled that he will advance legislation within days.

Watching MPs question David Davis in the House today, it was striking how continuity Remain has dissipated. Europhile MPs have been reduced to points about process. The argument has been won.

But if MPs, or peers, do still want to be obstructionist, we can always settle the question at the ballot box. A huge majority of Parliamentary constituencies voted Leave. The PM wouldn't have much trouble securing a mandate for Brexit – or, indeed, radical reform of the House of Lords, should that prove necessary.

Either way, Britain will be leaving the European Union. So let's just get on with it.

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