Prime Minister defends British press over Brexit case

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Prime Minister Theresa May has stepped in to defend newspapers which attacked three high court judges over the Brexit ruling.
The three judges ruled last week that Mrs May cannot go ahead and trigger Article 50 without the say so of Parliament.
That ruling immediately led to reports which claimeds the judiciary was undermining democracy, given that the British public had voted in favour of leaving Europe during the June referendum.
However, speaking on board a flight to Delhi, Mrs May said while the High Court was within its rights to deliver its verdict, journalists were also free to deliver theirs.
Mrs May was on her way to India where she is part of a trade delegation which will discuss how Britain and India will do business following the exit from Europe. While the Government can’t make any firm deals until after Brexit, it is clear to forge stronger relationships.
The High Court ruling provoked huge controversy in which the judges were even branded “enemies of the people”.
Cabinet minister Sajid Javid said that the decision undermined democracy and was unacceptable, given that the people had already spoken.
Mrs May, however, said: “I believe in and value the independence of our judiciary. I also value the freedom of our press. These both underpin our democracy.”
She said that she was still confident of going ahead with her timetable to leave Brexit, by triggering Article 50 before March next year.
The Prime Minister is appealing in the Supreme Court to try to overturn the High Court ruling which stops her from invoking Article 50 without a vote in the Houses of Commons and the Lords.
She has warned MPs and peers that they should not use the ruling to try to delay a Brexit. She said even if they were avid Remainers, they must realise that it was their duty to respect the wishes of the British people who voted in favour of leaving Europe.
Mrs May believes her case is strengthened because of a similar case in Ireland, which went in favour of the government there.
She explained: “In terms of the legal situation, we have had two court cases in the UK. They have come out with different decisions. The Northern Irish court found in favour of the government; the high court found against the government. We think we have strong legal arguments and will be taking those arguments to the supreme court.”

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