Theresa May believes the Government has a “strong” case for overturning last week’s High Court ruling that Parliament must have a say on the formal process of withdrawing from the European Union.
It comes as Brexit Secretary David Davis will lay out the Government’s case later today in response to the High Court ruling.
Speaking as she arrived in India on a three-day trade visit, the Prime Minister took a bullish stance on the prospects of overturning the ruling when the Government’s appeal is heard in December.
“In terms of the legal situation, we’ve had two court cases in the UK,” she said.
“They’ve come out with different decisions – the Northern Irish court found in favour of the Government, the High Court found against Government.
“We think we have strong legal arguments and we will be taking those arguments to the Supreme Court.”
Mrs May reiterated her warning to MPs not to tie her hands ahead of the negotiations.
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She said: “I think what is important for MPs and Peers is that they recognise Parliament had a vote – Parliament voted to give the decision on our membership of the European Union to the British people.
“The majority voted to leave the EU and I think that is what we should deliver for the British people.”
Asked if she was willing to compromise on free movement and the control of immigration the PM said: “I think an important aspect that underpinned people’s approach to that vote was a concern they had about the control of movement of people from the EU to the UK.
“I believe it is important for the UK to deliver on that.”
She also cautioned against attempts to force the Government to put its “cards on the table” ahead of the EU negotiations, arguing it is “not in our national interest”.
The PM said: “While others seek to tie our negotiating hands, the Government will get on with the job of delivering the decision of the British people.
“It was MPs who overwhelmingly decided to put the decision in their hands. The result was clear. It was legitimate.”
The Prime Minister also defended the judiciary and the press after the row over headlines attacking a high court ruling on Brexit.
The Daily Mail accused judges of being “Enemies of the People” after the high court ruled that Parliament had the right to scrutinise the government ahead of the triggering of Article 50.
A number of other articles also criticised the ruling.
Mrs May said: “I believe in the Independence of the judiciary.
“I also value the freedom of the press. I think both these underpin our democracy and they are important.”
Mrs May’s three-day visit is expected to be dominated by discussions on trade and travel visas in the post-Brexit era.
She announced new visa and passport arrangements to make it easier for wealthy businessmen from India to come to the UK.
A small number of “high net worth” individuals and their families will gain access to the Great Club scheme to smooth the path of visa applications, while thousands of executives will be able to take advantage of the Registered Traveller Scheme to speed their passage through UK airports.