Theresa May has created a constitutional crisis.

She is trying to set the Government above Parliament.

 

The question at issue is far more important than just whether we leave the EU.

It is whether Britain will be a democracy or a dictatorship.

 

People say Britain does not have a written constitution.

But it does:  it’s just that it is not written down in a single document.

It is written in Acts of Parliament and court judgements stretching back hundreds of years.

 

Its consensus is clear:  the people speak through their representatives in Parliament;

Parliament makes the law, and the Government acts according to that law;

the Government does not tell Parliament what to do.

 

For a long time now, Parliament has allowed itself to be pushed around.

The political parties have eroded the independence of Parliament, by controlling

selection of candidates for election to the Commons, appointment of members to the Lords,

and the right of members to raise issues and to be heard in debate.

 

This has given Theresa May her opportunity:  but she has pushed it too far.

She treats Parliament with utter contempt,

refuses to acknowledge its right to make the decision whether or  not Britain will leave the EU,

makes extensive arrangements to leave without the slightest legal authority,

refuses even to reveal her plans to the representatives of the people.

 

She claims the right to act as Monarch, to act under Royal Prerogative,

like some medieval Queen – or some 20th Century dictator.

 

The members of our Parliament must stand up and be counted:

must stand up for the 800 years that it has taken since Magna Carta to build our democracy,

must cast aside their shackles of subjection to political party and to “career”,

must think for themselves, for the people they represent and for their country,

and must decide.

 

 

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