29th November 2016
Theresa May and the Government she leads are flouting the law. This is not just a curious technical oddity –
a tricky answer to a TV quiz show question.
It is a fundamental challenge to the British constitution. They are taking the first step on a road that
leads to 1930s-style Dictatorship. They
say that Government can make law in its own right, and that Parliament is just
its rubber stamp.
They claim that the UK
has decided to leave the EU – that a
decision has been made. They are
holding official preparatory talks with the EU, the governments of its member
states, and many other governments. The
have set up departments for “Exiting the European Union” and for “International
Trade” which have started work on “Brexit” at enormous cost to the taxpayer.
But no such decision has been made.
The High Court judgement in “Regina (Miller) v Secretary of State” made
that clear. The Government does not have
the power under its own prerogative to make that decision. The referendum was advisory only and did not
have the power to make it either. Only
an Act of Parliament can make the decision.
The Supreme Court may overturn some parts of the High Court’s ruling,
but it is almost inconceivable
that it could disagree with those three simple facts.
Sooner or later, whether before
giving Article 50 notice or after, the Government will have to put the question
directly and clearly to Parliament, in a Bill proposing that the UK shall leave
the EU. The unashamed purpose of this Web site is to
help people to persuade their MPs to vote against that Bill.
The first and more important step
is to convince MPs that they really are
free to make the decision according to their conscience, and that each one
has the duty to do so, even at the cost of his or her political career. They are not bound by the referendum result:
indeed, there are strong reasons for believing that is does not truly represent
“the will of the people”. Nor are they
bound by the Government’s actions since the referendum: Theresa May’s flouting of the law can be
undone, no matter what embarrassment that causes the Government and the nation.
The second step is to convince
MPs that remaining in the EU is best
for the UK
and its people. A large majority of them
believed that before the referendum. The
result of the vote should not change that opinion: no valid argument for it has
been changed by the vote. Only
calculations of political expedience have changed. MPs must not decide the most important
question our country has faced in 75 years – and one that can not be reversed –
in the interests of their individual political careers.