Following the recent High Court ruling that parliament's approval is needed to trigger Article 50, there has been a backlash in some quarters of the media against the three High Court judges involved in the case.
Lord Chancellor Liz Truss remained silent in the immediate aftermath of the public attacks on the judges and was condemned for doing so.
Should she have reacted differently?
Although she cannot undo what has been done, many feel there should have been a quicker and more robust response in defence of the judiciary. As shown by the ensuing reactions to her response to the situation, silence can be very damning.
A former lord chancellor has called for Liz Truss to be replaced as justice secretary because she has failed to protect the independence of judges. Lord Falconer of Thoroton, who held the same office as Ms Truss under Tony Blair, deplored his successor’s “silence” after attacks on three High Court judges over their ruling last week that the mechanism to trigger Brexit must be approved by parliament. “It signals to the judges that they have lost their constitutional protector,” he writes in a letter to The Times today. “Until she is replaced by someone willing and brave enough to do the job, the judges should rightly fear for their independence.”