Friday, November 4, 2016
I don't normally post about politics, but I made an exception after the Brexit referendum in June. I wondered then how it would actually be brought to pass. I had optimistically thought that no PM would have the effrontery to try to take Britain out of the EC without parliamentary support - basically invoking Royal privilege. And I had hoped that any PM who tried to do so would lose a vote of confidence and have to resign.
I may have been too optimistic - perhaps the battles that were fought for supremacy of parliament really have been forgotten. However, this may be moot. The High Court has now intervened to rule that parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50 is required.
So if parliament was too spineless to insist on its prerogative, won't it just roll over and agree? I wonder. The thing is, they will have to approve an actual deal, which may be quite harmful to a lot of their constituents. And members will be rightly held responsible for that. Could be interesting. And there's still the Scotland thing.
Posted by Nick Stokes at 9:04 AM