BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows …
This is because Parliament is only an advisory body, and the sovereign power to make law resides in the sovereign monarch. As the embodiment of the sovereignty of the people, the monarch is the source from which the law claims its authority.
This is the wording of the Bill which the Commons voted on twice tonight –
The Prime Minister may notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.
The Commons passed it by 498 votes to 144. It’ll face scrutiny in the Lords and in committee, but the PM will have the authority to trigger Article 50.
What a difference a year makes. 12 months ago David Cameron was running through the charade of his EU “renegotiation”. Losing the upcoming referendum was given very little chance. This Bill was inconceivable, let alone that MPs would vote overwhelmingly for it.
(For added fun, Jeremy Corbyn ordered a three-line whip to vote in favour of the Bill, resulting in three more frontbenchers resigning and some whips defying the whip.)
TOMORROW morning at 9.30, the Supreme Court justices will convene to deliver their verdict on the Article 50 case which was heard in December. The government believes it has prerogative powers to trigger Article 50. The case was brought by a scurrilous cabal, intent on blocking Article 50 from ever being triggered. No-one believes that the Supreme Court will find in favour of the government.
How we got here, after our great demonstration of direct democracy, might be a touch murky for some. The good people at Spiked (where did it all go right?) have produced this excellent short film to explain what’s going on. It puts our inspiring vote into democratic context, via the Levellers and the Chartists, and explains why the power-elites and the special interests are so intent on blocking the verdict of the Glorious Referendum.
I’ve said many times that Brexit is a natural Left Wing cause. It’s the natural cause for anyone with even a hint of romance and rebellion in their heart. I’d defy any Leftist to watch it and still argue otherwise. If you do watch it, it might be a good idea to nip over to youtube’s bandwidth –
She was clear that the UK will be leaving both the EU’s internal market and customs union. Anything less would be a betrayal and lead to big political trouble, for years. It’s being in these which obliges a country to honour the four freedoms, including complete freedom of people. It’s encouraging that she said that “it’s quite clear that staying in Single Market would in effect mean not leaving the EU at all”. This is what we voted for, a Clean Brexit and not a Dirty Remain. Both campaigns, during the referendum, were clear that Leave means leaving the internal market and customs union.
She stressed that Britain is a global, outward country, correctly stating that “Britain’s place in the EU came at the expense of our global ties”. She was bang on. Grocer Heath caused us to turn our backs on our Anglosphere kin.
It’s also encouraging that she was clear about walking away from negotiations. “No deal is better than a bad deal”, was the line. Too right. If the EU plays hard, we’ll walk away and become a large, low-tax Hong Kong. Which we ought to be anyway.
There are two caveats. One is that Theresa May is the queen of promises. She makes everything about to happen sound great, but in reality she’s naturally cautious. Even so, she plainly set out ambitious, sensible and unequivocable Brexit aims. The other is that both the Commons and Lords will get a vote on any deal. I think the Commons can be whipped into an Aye, but the Lords will be different. It’s stuffed with Blair, Cameron and LibDem lackeys who are virulently pro-EU. If they vote down a deal May will have to invoke the Parliament Act and legislate to destroy the Lords.
Ben Bradshaw (Labour, another planet) sees the hand of Putin in Brexit. Not only in Brexit, but also in the German and French presidential elections too, now that he’s knows (“it’s proven”) that Putin delivered the White House for Trump –
I genuinely wonder where this hysteria will lead. Bradshaw is a former Cabinet Minister and ex-BBC journalist, seen as not on the bonkers wing of the Labour Party. (It makes you appreciate how bonkers it gets in there.)
Cripes I’m glad I don’t swim in these conspiracy waters. It’s a bad place. But if Bradshaw’s right, if Putin made Brexit happen for us, then God bless Vladimir Putin.
Despite the fact I rejoice in both BREXIT and the election of Donald Trump, there is one major difference and it took Nigel Farage to point it out;
“There’s one problem we’ve got. In America, the revolution is total.
“Not only have the people spoken and won but the old administration of Obama and all those ghastly people are out and the Trump people are in and they’re now in control.
“The problem in this country is that while the people have spoken, the same players have just been shuffled around the chess board and we’re still being run by the career, professional, political class.”
This was manifest in the doom laden Autumn Statement by Conservative Chancellor Philip Hammond. Hammond was a prominent (if wonderfully uncharismatic) Remainer and his pessimism is reflected by that other august body, the Office of Budget Responsibility and now again today by a doom laden report from the reliably left wing IFS.
They all sell the same repeated deceit – we are going to ALL suffer horribly because we dared to vote against these “experts”
This IS Project Fear and it didn’t die on June 23rd when we said LEAVE. Instead it is working assiduously to undermine our will.
I am increasingly distrustful of Prime Minister May and her intentions re Brexit. It seems that her dithering is allowing the LOSERS in the Remain camp to chip away at what has to be done, to seek to damage our economic prospects by talking the economy down, and to try and anchor us in the EU.
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