Music world reacts to high court Brexit ruling

Court rules that Parliament must vote over triggering article 50

The music world are reacting to news that Parliament must vote on whether the UK should leave the EU.

In June, the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union won the EU referendum, provoking protests and petitions for a second referendum.

The High Court has now ruled that the government cannot trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – which would formally begin negotiations to leave the EU – without a vote of Parliament. The government is expected to appeal the decision next month.

Reacting to the news online, Kill Your Friends author John Niven wrote: “HIGH COURT TELLS GOVERNMENT TO STICK ARTICLE 50 UP THEIR JUNTA.”

London band Formation argued that the decision gave power back to the people, while Bloc Party member Russell Lissack and musician Ghostpoet have also given their reactions. See below.


Johnny Marr recently said that Morrissey’s support of Brexit would stand in the way of any possible Smiths reunion. Last month, Morrissey caused controversy among many of his fans when he hailed the Brexit result as ‘magnificent’ – and called Nigel Farage a ‘liberal educator’.

Marr said that the pair “probably don’t have much ideologically in common any more”, adding: “I always forget about that… That’s just stuff that I hear second hand. If it is the case that he’s pro-Farage, then there would be a slight drawback in that I think, as anyone can imagine.”