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Why on earth didn’t parliament take control when it had the chance?

MPs squandered a golden opportunity in January 2017, in the aftermath of the Gina Miller Supreme Court case. The consequences are now all too clear

By Mark Elliott  

Gina Miller outside the Supreme Court in early 2017. Photo: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA Images

As well as distorting domestic politics almost beyond recognition, Brexit evidently has the potential to distort one’s perception of time. Given all that has happened since, it is hard to believe that only two short years have passed since the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Miller case was being awaited with bated breath. When, on 24th January 2017, the Court held that the government could not trigger Article 50 unless and until parliament empowered it to do so,…

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