Theresa May has issued support for independent judiciary as she arrives for trade mission in India

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Prime Minister Theresa May has issued a fresh defence of the independence of judges who have faced strident criticism over their ruling on Article 50 last week, as she leads trade mission to India.

The High Court ruled on Thursday that May would require parliamentary approval to trigger divorce proceedings with the EU, and the decision has provoked a furore among some Brexiteers.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage warned this morning that the ruling risked anger "the likes of which we've never seen".

However, May has today stressed that she supported the independence of British judges.

"I believe in and value the independence of our judiciary, I also value the freedom of our press. I think these both underpin our democracy and they are important. Of course the judges will look at the legal arguments," May told reporters on her flight to India.

"We think we have strong legal arguments and we will be taking those arguments to the Supreme Court."

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The Prime Minister also said the June referendum was a clear message Britons wanted to see control over freedom of movement from the EU and it was important that the government now delivers on that.

May arrived in India this evening for her first bilateral trip outside of the EU, and has vowed to “reboot” the relationship between the two nations.

She will lead a delegation including the likes of British inventor James Dyson, Lloyd's chairman John Nelson and Standard Life chairman Sir Gerry Grimstone.

May will sign a raft of commercial deals in her time in India, together expected to create 1,370 jobs.

However, she is also expected to face tough questions over how the UK will balance its desire for expanded global trade with reforms around migration potentially limiting the ability of Indians to live and work in the UK.

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