The latest on Brexit is that Theresa May will trigger article 50 by march 2017. On Sunday morning, on Andrew Marr’s radio programme, she also said that there would be a “Great Repeal Bill” to enshrine all EU law in UK law so that future governments can keep or repeal legislation at their leisure.
My response to this is: “Really?!” During the referendum campaign, EU legislation was made out to be the bane of the earth. It was costly, complicated, restrictive and an unwanted imposition. It was so evil that now we’re making sure we can keep it.
Now we get to the good bit. Theresa May said, and I quote, “[The Great Repeal Bill] will return power and authority to the elected institutions of our country.” Oh, Mrs May, why do you test me so?
For those who have been living under a stone for the last few months, Mrs May’s Government is being taken to court for bypassing our highest elected institution: our Sovereign Parliament.
Now that Mrs May is interested in returning power and authority to elected institutions, I am extending an invitation to her.
In this, the UK’s moment of greatest need, I invite her to do precisely as her Minister for Brexit is saying, which is, “It will be for elected politicians here to make the changes…”, and to, as she says, “return power and authority to the elected institutions of our country.”
Mrs May, as you are neither elected as PM nor a sovereign institution, I invite you to defer, in these historic and apparently irreversible decisions that are being made, to the highest elected institution in the land: Our Sovereign Parliament. “That is what people voted for: power and authority residing once again with the sovereign institutions of our own country.”