Former Brexit minister ‘agrees privately’ with Gina Miller
David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, admitted he agreed with some of the views of those who fought the government over Brexit legislation.
He said Gina Miller has become an “unlikely ally” with her lawsuit against the government which ruled that Theresa May needed parliamentary approval before triggering Article 50.
This case was successfully argued in court and was upheld by the Supreme Court in early 2017 following a government appeal.
Davis said he couldn’t say it at the time, because he was a minister, but said Miller helped bring about a political change in his actions.
Davis told the Good Law Project in its annual report: “Diversity of opinion is a fundamental characteristic of democracies. Throughout my political career and the various campaigns I have waged, I have benefited from working on a multi-stakeholder base “.
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He added: “Indeed, on the Brexit issue, I often met those who fundamentally disagreed with me, like Gina Miller. Of course, I couldn’t say that at the time due to my position. secretary of state, but I actually agreed with Gina Miller who took her Section 50 case against the government. “
Miller, responding to comments in Politics, said she regretted that these views were not made public at the time.
“On an issue of such a huge and significant impact on our country, democracy and the rule of law, I wish MPs were more willing to stand up and be counted.
“When I was fighting my Article 50 case, pretty much on my own, with virtually no parliamentary support and vigorous opposition from many media outlets, this kind of support would have been extremely valuable and a tremendous morale booster. .
“I hope more of them will be willing to show courage on issues like this in the future – when our country should come before the party.”
But Miller said she was able to “understand and respect” the difficult position in which David had been placed.
“I also agree with his take on talking to people with different points of view, and we recently raised common concerns about the shortcomings of the online safety bill.”
She wanted to stress, however, that the case was not just about Brexit.
“It is important to remember that for me bringing the case was never about Brexit but rather making sure that the executive cannot deny legislative right and that Parliament, Constitutional and Democrat , has the right to examine, debate and decide, on behalf of the voters, whom the deputies represent, could never be overthrown by a government in place, ”she explained.
“It was a vitally important principle to protect. And we did it, with great clarity and efficiency. And the rest, as they say, is history.”