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Green Party Activists Hope High Court Will Ban Fracking In Britain

Victoria Prest, The Yorkshire Press

The Government’s High Court loss over over Brexit should give hope to North Yorkshire’s anti-fracking campaigners, it has been claimed.

Judges yesterday went against the Government’s position on Brexit, insisting that MPs should have a vote over Article 50, and only Parliament has the power to trigger Britain’s EU exit procedure.

On a visit to York yesterday, Green party co-leader Jonathan Bartley said that blow for the Government should offer hope to anti-fracking campaigners.

A fracking site in Kirby Misperton was given the go ahead by North Yorkshire County Council earlier this year, but the decision faces a judicial review on November 22 and 23.

Mr Bartley said: “Clearly what is happening here isn’t just about the local area but it is a national issue. If the fight is lost here, then the government and the vested interests behind fracking will have the go ahead to roll it out across the country.

He added: “We have just in the last few hours seen a monumental decision over Article 50, which is of constitutional significance.

“The courts may well rule against [the fracking decision] and when you look at the flawed evidence around climate change and the evidence around the recklessness with which that decision was made over the bond – I think there’s ample grounds.

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