Pro-Brexit supporters launch broadside against 'enemies of the people' after High Court ruling against May's plans

Lead claimant in the Article 50 case, Gina Miller (centre), gives a statement outside of the High Court after a decision ruling in her landmark lawsuit in London on Nov 3, 2016.
Lead claimant in the Article 50 case, Gina Miller (centre), gives a statement outside of the High Court after a decision ruling in her landmark lawsuit in London on Nov 3, 2016. PHOTO: EPA

LONDON - Pro-Brexit newspapers in Britain launched a broadside against the High Court ruling that Parliament rather than Prime Minister Theresa May has the power to start the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Five months since urging voters to back Brexit, the Daily Mail branded the three judges "Enemies of the People", while the Sun's front page demanded: "Who Do EU Think You Are?"

The Daily Telegraph's headline read "The judges versus the people" above a column by UK Independence Party (Ukip) interim leader Nigel Farage, who said "a great betrayal is underway", reported Bloomberg.

The rhetoric shows emotions over Brexit are still running high after the June referendum, leaving Prime Minister Theresa May with a balancing act as she tries to unite the country and even her Conservative Party behind the vote, which split both.

The Daily Express declared "We Must Get Out of the EU" over a picture of the Union Jack flag, and said a crisis was brewing "as grave as anything since the dark days" of World War II.

On the pro-European side of the equation, the Guardian ran an opinion piece on its cover saying the ruling "is a chance to put the national interest first and halt Brexit".

The newspapers were reacting to Thursday's (Nov 3) decision by the High Court to deny Mrs May the right to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty without a parliamentary vote beforehand. Her lawyers had argued she had the prerogative, reported Bloomberg.

Businesswoman Gina Miller, one of the plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit demanding a parliamentary vote on Brexit, has been subjected to racist online abuse in the wake of the court ruling, reported The Independent.

Many of the detractors of Ms Miller, a philanthropist and investment banker, made overt reference to her Guyanese heritage, with several suggesting she should leave Britain.

Ms Miller had said after the ruling: "It's about our United Kingdom and all our futures. It's not about how anyone voted."

"Every one of us voted for the best country and the best future. The judgment, I hope - when it's read by the Government and they contemplate the full judgment - that they will make the wise decision of not appealing but pressing forward and having a proper debate in our sovereign Parliament, our mother of parliaments that we are so admired for all over the world."