Theresa May vows to carry out Brexit ‘in full’ fol­low­ing High Court rul­ing

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Theresa May has vowed to carry out Brexit “in full” de­spite the High Court rul­ing on leav­ing the EU.

The prime min­is­ter said the gov­ern­ment needed to “get on with the job” and MPs should “ac­cept” the ref­er­en­dum re­sult.

Writ­ing in the Sunday Tele­graph she said she was ap­peal­ing against the High Court de­ci­sion be­cause there was “an im­por­tant prin­ci­ple at stake”.

Jeremy Cor­byn said Labour would block Ar­ti­cle 50 if Mrs May does not guar­an­tee ac­cess to the sin­gle mar­ket.

On Thurs­day, the High Court ruled Par­lia­ment should vote on when the gov­ern­ment can trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50, be­gin­ning the for­mal process of the UK leav­ing the EU.

In her first com­ments on the rul­ing, Mrs May said: “This may ap­pear to be a de­bate about process, and the le­gal ar­gu­ment is com­plex, but in re­al­ity there is an im­por­tant prin­ci­ple at stake.

“Par­lia­ment voted to put the de­ci­sion about our mem­ber­ship of the EU in the hands of the Bri­tish peo­ple. The peo­ple made their choice, and did so de­ci­sively.

“It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the gov­ern­ment to get on with the job and to carry out their in­struc­tion in full.”

The prime min­is­ter said MPs and peers who re­gret the ref­er­en­dum re­sult “need to ac­cept what the peo­ple de­cided” and called for unity on tak­ing Brexit for­ward.

“In­stead of re-fight­ing the bat­tles of the past, we should be fo­cus­ing on how we can come to­gether as a coun­try to make the most of this great na­tional op­por­tu­nity and forge a bold, con­fi­dent, global fu­ture for Bri­tain,” she added.

“That should be our am­bi­tion one around which we can all unite.”

How­ever, Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn said his party would block the prime min­is­ter from trig­ger­ing the process of leav­ing the EU un­less she agreed to the party’s “Brexit bot­tom line”, which in­cludes ac­cess to the sin­gle mar­ket.

He told the Sunday Mir­ror: “The court has thrown a big span­ner in the works by say­ing Par­lia­ment must be con­sulted. We ac­cept the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum.

“We are not chal­leng­ing the ref­er­en­dum. We are not call­ing for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum. We’re call­ing for mar­ket ac­cess for Bri­tish in­dus­try to Europe.”

Mr Cor­byn said the op­po­si­tion would not al­low Ar­ti­cle 50 to go ahead un­less Mrs May agreed four prin­ci­ples.

These are: • ac­cess to the sin­gle mar­ket • a com­mit­ment to EU work­place rights • guar­an­tees on safe­guard­ing con­sumers and the en­vi­ron­ment A pledge to com­mit funds for any EU cap­i­tal in­vest­ment lost by Brexit

The Labour leader said his party “would be ready” if the gov­ern­ment de­cided to call an early elec­tion, adding: “We have the mem­bers, the or­gan­i­sa­tion and the en­thu­si­asm. We wel­come the chal­lenge.

“It would give us the chance to put be­fore the Bri­tish peo­ple an al­ter­na­tive eco­nomic strat­egy for this coun­try.”

Mrs May re­it­er­ated her com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing Brexit de­spite the High Court rul­ing as she pre­pared to fly to In­dia on her first trade mis­sion as prime min­is­ter.

She said she wanted to send out a mes­sage that the UK was “open for business” and make the most of the op­por­tu­ni­ties “of­fered by Brexit as the world’s fore­most cham­pion of free trade”.

The prime min­is­ter said Bri­tain could not sign new free trade deals un­til it had left the EU but it did not stop the gov­ern­ment from “pre­par­ing the ground”.

She said her trip to In­dia would in­volve in­tro­duc­ing UK busi­nesses to the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the over­seas mar­ket as well as dis­cussing a fu­ture trade agree­ment.

The prime min­is­ter added: “This is the spirit in which I want us to go for­ward in forg­ing this new role in the world: bold, for­ward-look­ing, open and am­bi­tious.

“By forg­ing that role on the world stage and ever stronger part­ner­ships, we will be able to de­liver our vi­sion back at home: to make Bri­tain a coun­try that works for ev­ery­one, not just a priv­i­leged few.”

Some news­pa­pers re­acted with fury to the High Court rul­ing

The gov­ern­ment will go to the Supreme Court next month in an at­tempt to over­turn the High Court de­ci­sion that Par­lia­ment should vote on trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50.

The judges be­hind the rul­ing faced a back­lash from some news­pa­pers which led the Bar Coun­cil to urge the gov­ern­ment to curb the crit­i­cism.

Lord Chan­cel­lor Liz Truss backed the in­de­pen­dence of the UK’s ju­di­ciary but stopped short of con­demn­ing at­tacks.

Mrs May has said she is “con­fi­dent” the gov­ern­ment will win the ap­peal and is com­mit­ted to trig­ger­ing Ar­ti­cle 50 by March 2017.

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