What Liz Truss finally had to say about Brexit ruling


Lord Chancellor Liz Truss has been notably quiet after three High Court judges ruled Britain can’t start Brexit negotiations without giving Parliament a say.
But Ms Truss has now broken her silence to speak out about how important an independent judicial system is.
She had earlier come under fire for failing to react to criticism of judges who made the Brexit ruling.
Ms Truss, who also holds the post of Justice Secretary, had been facing mounting calls to voice her opinion after the backlash against the judges, which started as soon as the ruling was made public.
However, she has now said: “The independence of the judiciary is the foundation upon which our rule of law is built and our judiciary is rightly respected the world over for its independence and impartiality.
“In relation to the case heard in the High Court, the Government has made it clear it will appeal to the Supreme Court. Legal process must be followed.”
Her statement follows demands from the Bar Council for Ms Truss to stand up and defend the judicial system.
The council, which acts for more than 15,000 barristers said the judiciary was now facing “serious and unjustified attacks” and Ms Truss must step in to squash the assault.
In a statement, the body said: “The Bar Council of England and Wales condemns the serious and unjustified attacks on the judiciary arising out of the Article 50 litigation.
“It regrets the lack of public statement by the Lord Chancellor condemning these attacks and calls upon the Lord Chancellor to do so as a matter of urgency.
“A strong independent judiciary is essential to a functioning democracy and to upholding the rule of law.”
The furore broke out following Prime Minister Theresa May’s insistence that she would not be seeking the approval of the House of Commons or the House of Lords before she started official negotiations to leave Europe by next March.
However, her insistence that she could, in effect, go it alone was rejected by the High Court who said that she would need Parliament’s approval before triggering Article 50.
A number of high-profile Tories and members of the Labour party have come together to ask the Government to back the judiciary.
Bob Neill, Conservative chairman of the justice select committee, said that the backlash against the judges involved in the case was threatening the very independence of the judiciary.
He said such criticism had “no place in a civilised land”.