In one of today’s Guardian articles, pro-Leave Conservative MP Stephen Phillips decries the tyranny of Theresa May’s government in trying to bypass Parliament regarding Brexit.
Phillips said: “I and many others did not exercise our vote in the referendum so as to restore the sovereignty of this parliament only to see what we regarded as the tyranny of the European Union replaced by that of a government that apparently wishes to ignore the views of the house on the most important issue facing the nation.”
Although Stephen and I do not see eye to eye regarding the EU, we are both agreed that if action is not taken, this could be the beginning of the end for Parliamentary democracy in the UK and open the door for a Prime Ministerial autocracy. As Mr Phillips says, the government’s action is “fundamentally undemocratic, unconstitutional and cuts across the rights and privileges of the legislature”.
So others are starting to come to the realisation, as we have, that Theresa May’s actions are a threat to the democratic process of the UK.
A cross-party group of Leavers and Remainers now publicly agrees that Parliament should debate and decide. It is good to see that the good of the nation, both now and in the longer term, is being put ahead of personal interest and party politics
We applaud these people, their integrity and their stance.
We agree with them, that’s why we launched the Peoples’ Challenge, which along with others, is challenging the government on this issue in the High Court starting on 13th October.
Robert Pigney is one of the Interested Parties bringing the People’s Challenge to the Government’s attempt to leave the EU using Royal Prerogative powers.