Bloc Party & Ghostpoet Among Musicians Responding To High Court Brexit Ruling
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:31:07
Bloc Party member Russell Lissack, musician Ghostpoet, and the London band Formation are among the first musical artists to respond to the UK High Court ruling that Parliament must vote on whether the UK should leave the European Union.
In June of this year, the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union won the EU referendum, commonly known as Brexit, provoking protests and petitions for a second referendum.
However, 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.
In the months leading up to the vote in June, countless public figures expressed opinions on the Brexit vote, the majority of artists vocalising their preference for their country to remain a part of the European Union. The results of that referendum in June showed that the majority of UK voting citizens wanted to leave the EU - which at the time drew a great deal of flak from the artistic community. Artists like Massive Attack adapted the set lists of their live shows to incorporate their views on the issue, and again countless others spoke of their disappointment, disbelief and anger at the result.
This latest turn of events in the United Kingdom's political process is set to draw further debate and creative outbursts, ARTISTdirect continues to watch and listen with interest.
Brexit 2— Russell Lissack (@TheJ_Russ) November 3, 2016
This time it's personal.
Er? So we may not leave the EU party? #article50— ghostpoet (@ghostpoet) November 3, 2016
THIS IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE POWERFUL PEOPLE - https://t.co/u5hVHWTVAY— Formation (@formationmusic) November 3, 2016
—The ARTISTdirect Staff