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The Government has said it is “confident” of winning its appeal against the High Court’s ruling on triggering Brexit.

Theresa May spoke with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday morning in the aftermath of the High Court’s decision.

The Prime Minister told them her plan to trigger Article 50, the formal process for severing ties with Brussels, remains on track.

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Mrs May has pledged to begin Brexit by the end of March, but Thursday’s ruling that she has to put it to Parliament first has raised questions about whether this will happen, and sparked calls for an emergency General Election.

More pressure was heaped on the PM when Tory MP Stephen Phillips announced he was resigning with immediate effect over “irreconcilable policy differences” with the Government.

However, Number 10 is standing firm.

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A spokesman said it did not accept the High Court judgement and was confident of victory in the Supreme Court.

They said Mrs May explained to Mr Juncker and Mrs Merkel that “while the Government is disappointed by the judgement yesterday, we remain of the firm belief that we have strong legal arguments ahead of the case which will be moving to the Supreme Court next month”.

“The Prime Minister also confirmed that the planned timetable for notification of Article 50 remains the same.”

Downing Street refused to say whether legislation was being drawn up for triggering Article 50 in case the appeal fails, stressing it was focused on winning the case.

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When asked if Mrs May agreed with minister Sajid Javid, who said the judgement was “unacceptable”, the spokesman replied: “The very fact that we are appealing that decision means very clearly that we don’t accept that decision.”

On Mr Phillips’ resignation, a Number 10 source said he did not speak to Mrs May before quitting and added that the PM’s position that there should not be an election before 2020 had not changed.

Speaking in Berlin after meeting the German foreign minister, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson used a German term when asked about the resignation and the possibility of a snap election, urging people not to pay too much attention to the “sturm und drang” (“storm and pressure”) in the British Parliament.

He said: “I would really not read too much into the legal decisions that you have just seen today. Or, indeed, some of the sturm und drang, if that’s the word I want, going on in the Parliament at the moment.

“I think the direction is very clear. The will of the British people was expressed very clearly, and it’s the decision of Theresa May and her Government to get on and make the process work.”

Meanwhile, the woman behind the successful High Court challenge on triggering Brexit has been subjected to a torrent of online abuse, including rape and death threats.

Gina Miller, who was born in Guyana in South America, has also been the target of racist rants by internet trolls, who have called for her to be deported.

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Published at Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:09:55 +0000

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