Nigel Farage has warned fellow politicians that any attempt to block or delay Britain’s exit from the European Union will be met with untold anger from the public.
In a statement released after the historic High Court ruling on Article 50 the interim Ukip leader said he fears a Brexit “betrayal” is on the horizon.
The judges ruled that the government doesn’t have the power to trigger two-year exit process Article 50 without a vote by MPs.
Farage campaigned vigorously for Brexit and declared the June 23 referendum Britain’s “independence day” after the shock result was confirmed.
After the High Court ruling was announced on Thursday morning Farage said: “I worry that a betrayal may be near at hand.
“Last night at the Spectator Parliamentary Awards I had a distinct feeling that our political class, who were out in force, do not accept the 23rd of June Referendum result.
“I now fear that every attempt will be made to block or delay the triggering of Article 50 .
“If this is so, they have no idea of the level of public anger they will provoke.”
Three of England’s top judges gave the ruling after a costly three-day hearing.
The Government immediately announced it would appeal to the Supreme Court.
Ukip millionaire donor Arron Banks accused the “legal establishment” of “declaring war on British democracy”.
He added: “Parliament voted six-to-one in favour of letting the people decide.
“They didn’t get the answer they wanted, and now they’re going to use every dirty trick in the book to try to sabotage, delay or water down Brexit.”
Ukip leadership hopeful Suzanne Evans blasted the judges and said the court ruling “undermines democracy”.
The former party chair urged the government to appeal.
She wrote on Twitter : “How dare these activist judges attempt to overturn our will? It’s a power grab & undermines democracy. Time we had the right to sack them.
” Article 50 is an EU trap we must not fall in to. It will tie us into the EU for years. The government must appeal. People power must win.”
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “This ruling underlines the need for the Government to bring its negotiating terms to parliament without delay.
“Labour respects the decision of the British people to leave the European Union.
“But there must be transparency and accountability to parliament on the terms of Brexit .
“Labour will be pressing the case for a Brexit that works for Britain, putting jobs, living standards and the economy first.”
Liberal Democrats Leader Tim Farron welcomed the ruling.
He said: “Given the strict two year timetable of exiting the EU once Article 50 is triggered, it is critical that the government now lay out their negotiating to Parliament, before such a vote is held.”