Gary Lineker And JK Rowling Lead Ridicule Of Ukip's Suzanne Evans After Article 50 Judge Comments

'So sick of unelected doctors deciding what's wrong with me...'

JK Rowling and Gary Lineker have led criticism of Ukip’s Suzanne Evans after she suggested judges should be subject to “democratic control” in the wake of last week’s Article 50 ruling.

The party leadership candidate told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the High Court had “overridden the will of the British people”.

She added: ”I think there is a debate to be had about whether not judges should be subject to democratic control to inspire confidence in the judiciary...”

<strong>Suzanne Evans prompts #DownWithExperts hashtag.</strong>
Suzanne Evans prompts #DownWithExperts hashtag.
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Host John Humphrys interjected: “Wait hang on, judges should be subjected to...

But Evans continued “.. whilst safeguarding their judicial independence which is of course very important,” .

Conservative MP Anna Soubry likened the remarks to “the way of fascism” while Rowling and Lineker expressed disbelief.

A few people then chipped in with their own grievances with experts.

The rest of the conversation between Evans and Humphrys went as follows:

Her comments were branded “irresponsible” by Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer. “Some of us have worked in countries where judges do as governments tell them and we know that is highly corrosive of the rule of law and democracy,” he told Today.

Evans was defended by Tory MEP Daniel Hannan who pointed out the situation she was suggesting is already in place in part in the United States.

Since the interview Evans has tweeted to stand by her remarks.

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