So, what if the Supreme Court does not overturn the decision of the High Court in respect of the need for a Parliamentary vote on the serving of Notice pursuant to Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty? The government could then table a simple motion something along the lines of ‘This House notes the outcome of the referendum held on 23rd June 2016 on the UK’s membership of the European Union and instructs H M Government to give notice to the European Union pursuant to Article 50 ..’ or something along those lines. It would be a brave MP who did not vote for such a motion they would effectively be saying they did not accept the outcome of the referendum. I think there are many people who do not. The ones who talk about a ‘soft Brexit’ code for saying really we want to negotiate a deal which involves the U.K. Staying in the single market and still being subject to the free movement of people …. oh and we might as well keep paying our contributions because it would be unfair not to. In other words we would to all in tenets and purposes still be members of the EU and the referendum result would have been frustrated.
There may be some MP’s who would vote against such a motion but I still believe there would be no difficulty in it being passed by the House of Commons. Things might be trickier in the House of Lords. Some have already indicated they would vote against such a motion. However the number one concern of most members of the House of Lords is self-preservation and I reckon they will soon work out what would be on the cards if the unelected Lords tried to frustrate the will of the British people and the House of Commons on this issue.