I have reworked some remarks I made in Parliament recently. It is background to the current debate about whether Parliament should immediately get on and approve a short Bill to send the Article 50 letter, or whether the government should continue to seek to reverse the strange decision by the High Court of England, effectively in conflict with the High Court of Northern Ireland, over how to handle our exit from the EU. As someone who thinks exit does have to be passed by Parliament I am all in favour of pressing on, as I believe there is a clear majority for an Article 50 letter, which is why Labour has never tabled a motion to stop one as they could have done! I do not think these large constitutional issues are ones for the Courts, but are for Parliament and people to decide.
17.4 million people voted to leave the EU.
That’s more people than have ever voted for a new government in the UK.
We voted in good faith
We voted knowing exactly what we want our country to do
We voted in optimism, expecting a better future out of the EU
We voted knowing many experts thought it would do substantial short term economic damage
We thought them wrong, and so it has proved
We voted to leave.
We did not vote to stay in parts of the EU
We did not vote to carry on paying them money or accepting their laws
We voted to take back control
We voted to have our own borders policy
We voted to spend our own money
We voted to be able to make our own laws
We voted Leave because we want to live in a democracy again
To live in a country with its own sovereign Parliament
Serving a sovereign and free people
To live with the freedoms, rights and responsibilities our ancestors fought to give us
We voted to transform this puppet Parliament into a proper Parliament again
17.4 million voters understood our liberties had been pillaged
Our voting rights eroded
Our control of our laws had been stolen away
Some of our taxes had been taken to spend elsewhere
We have been lied to
We no longer believed the endless reassurances that we still had a UK democracy
That we still had a sovereign Parliament
Under pressure they told us we were still sovereign because we could leave the EU that took so many of our powers
So we took them up on that promise
The people have spoken
What part of Leave do some in the establishment not understand?
On May 24th I spoke in Parliament
I explained why it is a puppet Parliament
I reminded MPs of how impotent Parliament has become
Unable to change benefits, when government and opposition was united in wanting to
Unable to control our borders
Unable to abolish VAT on tampons and green products
Unable to make our own decisions about so many things from energy to the environment, from tax to trade
I asked if the people will do what Parliament feared to do
Would the people demand that we stop this charade of power
And take back control?
We now know the answer
So today the question is
Can this once might Parliament be mighty again?
Does this Parliament have it in it to take back control?
Does this Parliament accept that all its true power comes from the people?
And all its power has to be used in the interests of the people.
Today we must pledge to do as the people decided
The people are merely telling us to take back powers so needlessly tossed aside
So we can again do good for them
So we can again carry out their will
So we can restore to the Mother of Parliaments her full dignity
Or else perish at the next election
Are there enough MPs willing to sweep aside this puppet Parliament?
Enough peaceful Pyms and Hampdens wishing to empower us again?
There are still strange forces trying to impede the popular will
This Parliament needs to tell the courts we must send an Article 50 letter
We need to show an earnest urgency to do what the voters told us to do
It need not be difficult to take back control
It does not need Mrs Merkel’s consent
Or is this now a House of people who fear to take responsibility?
Are we but shadows of past glories
Still marionettes in the Brussels drama
Still too timid to step into the light of accountable power?
Of course not
If the people can be brave
Surely we can follow
If the voters get it
So must the establishment
The High Court of Parliament answers to no UK or English Court in matters of the constitution and high politics
Soon we will no longer bow to the courts of Brussels either.
Lets take back control
Send the letter
Leave the EU
Reunite voters with their Parliament