Farage warns of 'betrayal' as Twitter reacts to Brexit ruling

Farage warns of 'betrayal' as Twitter reacts to Brexit ruling

Nigel Farage has warned of "public anger" if a "betrayal" of the public's wishes follows a landmark High Court ruling on Brexit.

Writing on Twitter shortly after judges ruled the government must consult parliament before beginning the official process of leaving, the outgoing Ukip leader said: "I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand."

"I now fear every attempt will be made to block or delay triggering Article 50. They have no idea level of public anger they will provoke," he added.

However, Conservative MPs Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan - both former ministers who campaigned to Remain in the EU - quickly took to the platform to call on the government to accept the verdict.

Ms Morgan, the former Education Secretary, wrote: "Right that Parliament should vote on legislation to trigger Article 50. Sovereignty regained from EU should go to sovereign UK Parliament."

And Ms Soubry, the former business minister, said: "Government should draft legislation to allow Parliament to trigger A50 and accept the courts ruling."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted to say the ruling was "significant indeed", while Lib Dem leader Tim Farron said he welcomed the news.

In a tweeted statement, Mr Farron said: "Ultimately, the British people voted for a departure but not for a destination, which is why what really matters is allowing them to vote again on the final deal, giving them the chance to say no to an irresponsible hard Brexit that risks our economy and our jobs."

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott referenced Theresa May's "Brexit means Brexit" catchphrase when she wrote: "Parliamentary sovereignty means parliamentary sovereignty."

Meanwhile, former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said: "In an intelligent political world the gov would have made this decision, not a court."

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