THE CASE FOR A YEAR’S EXTENSION OF THE ARTICLE 50 DEADLINE.
British politics is now in crisis because a minority faction has taken control of the Westminster process and is driving to a hard deal. Both Corbyn’s Labour Party and May’s Tory party are seeking to avoid No deal but are being driven to No Deal by the LEAVE MEANS LEAVE faction also known as the ERG.
STOPPING THE NO DEAL OUTCOME MEANS EXTENDING THE DEADLINE.
This has to be done before March 29t and teh EU 27 asked to ratify. Here are key arguments why this is
A Democratic B Constitutional C Politically sound
A Democratic- PLAYING BY THE RULES
(i) The referendum in 2016 gave a majority for Brexit, and the Electoral commission endorsed it. This however means that the rules establishedin 1975 kick in. SADLY NO ONE IN THE WESTMINSTER BUBBLE KNOWS THAT A REFERENDUM ON LEAVING THE EU TOOK PLACE IN 1975.
The constant references to A Second Referendum as coming are not merely historically wrong. They hand to Leave Means Leave brigade the claim that this is the only vote that has ever happened. David Davis’s correct assertion that “A democracy which cannot change its mind is not a democracy”has vanished.
The democratic case rests on their being a majority for Brexit – and for the Union in scotland. Liam Fox is wrong to say that the second referendum cannot happen because it would allow the SNP a second. SNP know what the rules are – they can have one if parliament agrees.
ONE VOTE IS NEVER ENOUGH. ON LEAVING THE EU WE HAVE HAD TWO. (I voted in both)
(ii) The rule on parliamentary sovereignty is absolute, what parliament passed it can change when circumstances dictate. Broken goods can be returned. Votes for Article 50 or manifesto commitments are not set in stone. We can change our mind.
B Constitutional. Although Britain has no written constitution, there is no rule which says that there can be only one vote and that is binding for ever. All votes are dictated by the majority and having a mandate means that a policy can be carried out – or not.
But no majority lasts for ever and in parliament an election has to be held after 5 years to secure a new majority. There is no time limit on when a new referendum has to be held. The gap 1975-2016 was 41 years. There is no reason why it cannot be shorter if circumstances dictate.
The Swiss, who have had 600 plus referendums, regularly re run their votes when the parliament decides/
C Political- There is no way a No Deal outcome can be avoided while May is running the clock down and trying to get a deal – the ERG have a stranglehold on her and only when there is a year’s extension to allow other options , agreeable to the EU 27 then only then can the ERG be opposed. Tory Moderates are being threatened with de selection. Corbyn finally backed the Cooper Boles amendment as a General Election cannot happen till March 29th is removed.Another Europe is Possible wants a referendum. Cannot happen by March 29th.
The date is arbitrary and the ability to change it simple and will allow debate on even Citizens Assemblies, now favoured by 43% of the electorate. To allow debate, change the date.
Many including both archbishops of the Anglican church fear social unrest if there is a proper debate on alternatives to Brexit.The reality is that Brexit is only the first stage of a movement to change Britain out of all rcognition and the idea that we can have Brexit and reconciliation MOONSHINE.
Britain looks increasingly like the Weimar republic-there is no way to bring politics back to rationality unless the Deadline is extended and the far right ERG denied their victory on March 29th.
In short, MAY’S DETERMINATION TO RUN THE CLOCK DOWN MUST BE STOPPED BY PARLIAMENT VOTING TO EXTEND THE DEADLINE AND ASK THE EU 27 FOR AN EXTENSION TO SORT OUT THE MESS.
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