Referendum was advisory

I’m delighted to see that the High Court has found, this morning, that Mrs May’s government cannot trigger Article 50 on its own. As far as I can see, referendums in the UK are only advisory, not binding – which means that the government of the day does not have to execute what a referendum calls for. After all, Britain is supposed to be a Parliamentary democracy, in which Parliament is supreme – and the idea that Parliament should be ignored in an apparent attempt to restore Parliament’s supremacy has always been a travesty.

It’s interesting, too, that Sterling soared immediately on the announcement – I guess the market’s message is that Britain is better in than out.

Still, the government will no doubt appeal the decision to the Supreme Court and we’ll be treated to the unedifying spectacle of government lawyers appealing against a Court decision requiring the government to respect the constitution and the supremacy of Parliament.