In 2016, Gina Miller, a wealthy British investment manager, brought a private case before the High Court, arguing that the government’s plans for Britain to leave the European Union should not go ahead without the support of a majority in Parliament. Three judges agreed and were immediately vilified by much of the popular press and some politicians for appearing to thwart ‘the will of the people’ in the June referendum. ‘Judges vs the people’ was the headline in The Daily Telegraph. The government immediately declared that it would appeal against the decision to the Supreme Court. Others, however, strongly criticised the PM and the Lord Chancellor for not defending the crucial principle of judicial independence.
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