|Editorial Comment; Time to return to the Supreme Court?|
The Remainers claim that we didn’t know what we voted for in the 2016 referendum, so is it time for the UK Supreme Court to clarify what ‘type’ of Brexit the majority voted for!
After all, the evidence is clear that we were told by both ‘sides’ that Brexit would mean leaving the Single Market and EU Customs Area ('I'll pull UK out of the single market after Brexit' – POLITICO ~ BrexitCentral on Twitter: "Brexit means leaving the Single Market says ... ).
Why should an unelected & unrepresentative HoL be able to change the outcome of negotiations from leaving the EU to effectively remaining in the EU and still paying £bns to Brussels each year and for what REAL benefit? We already have indications of how the EU will use its rules to put us at a disadvantage. (BfB: The GALILEO Spat: an Object Lesson for Ministers ~ BEIS: UK Space Agency leads work on options for independent satellite system )
‘Improving’ legislation does not mean reversing the intent of it when a referendum was intended to give the Government the people’s mandate to implement a course of action. (Telegraph: The Peers vs the People power grab confirms the thesis that led to Brexit)
We should also remember that it is a duty of the Government to negotiate treaties and, while Parliament may be expected to ratify them, it is the Government who will be held responsible for a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ treaty.
However, in the current situation, will the HoL take ‘responsibility’ for the NHS not receiving the expected extra £100m per week (of approx. net £154m p.w. currently going to Brussels) after December 2020? Will the people be able to vote members of the HoL ‘out of office’ if they don’t like the outcome? (The UK's contribution to the EU budget - Commons Library briefing ... ~ IPPR: NHS bill set to rise by more than £50bn by 2030 )
Returning to the issue of “we were not told when we voted”, one notes that the HoC & HoL ‘Remainers’ are not highlighting the fact that the EC proposes to ‘eliminate all rebates (UK - £5bn p.a.) and to reduce from 20% to 10% the amount Member States keep when collecting (EU} customs revenues’ in the 2021 – 2027 budget period.
Staying in the EU would cost us at least an additional £5bn a year – and that is before including other proposed future EC revenue raising plans such as;