The decision by High Court judges that the United Kingdom is a Parliamentary democracy has upset many who claim to be proud to be British.
The referendum on Brexit only asked one question: should we leave or remain in the EU. There weren't a whole load of subsidiary questions: what kind of trade deal? How should we approach migration? What about the millions of Britons abroad? What do we do about Europol?
If asked I reckon most Britons who voted to leave wanted the same trade arrangements as today, with free movement to Europe for British subjects - why should we queue at customs? - but tight restrictions for Europeans coming to our blessed shores. Some probably would have added to that with expulsions - but only for Europeans, not for Brits who have retired to Malaga. Tim Martin of Weatherspoons apparently wanted the old agreements for buying in foreign alcohol. Ah Mr Martin - we have lost control. Europe is now not something we will get a vote in - it is a trading partner and competitor. And it is much bigger than us. Brexit means Brexit.
Which of course it doesn't. Assuming the Supreme Court doesn't decide that we actually live in an elected dictatorship or ochlocracy, the Government will have to come back to Parliament showing its working out, and then MPs will get to vote. I really hope that happens. Because if it doesn't it means Brexit means whatever the Barclay Brothers (residents of Monaco), and a tax exiled Viscount decide between their newspapers. And we fought long and hard for our democracy and an independent judiciary. I wouldn't like to think we were being controlled by people in other countries - would you?