This update is about reminding you of the things that you’ve helped to achieve.
It can be hard to remember where we all started from, especially when things seem as if they aren’t going our way. So let’s look back on a few “impossibles” we’ve achieved to date.
We obliged the Government to abandon its attempt to keep its arguments secret prior to the Divisional Court case, which the Government then lost.
The crucial element in the winning of the case in the Divisional Court were the arguments we put forward, showing that only Parliament can authorise the removal of fundamental UK citizenship rights.
Not many people thought we could win. But we did win, and thousands of you backed us by contributing to the huge amount of money raised through Crowd Justice.
If we and others hadn’t taken on the government, Theresa May would have triggered Art. 50 when she walked into No 10.
Having won in the Divisional and then the Supreme Court, we knew that was not going to be the end of it, and we had a plan ready to put into action.
Having kicked off research about the revocability/conditionality of Art 50, we commissioned the “Three Knights Opinion”, written by 5 experts with impeccable credentials. It is fair to say that the “Three Knights Opinion”, together with the skills and savvy of our legal team, was pivotal in influencing the HoL to support the meaningful vote amendment.
Ultimately, the HoC removed the amendment, BUT they cannot remove the “Three Knights Opinion” – it is there to be used to hold the Government to account, we just have to judge when the time is right to do that.
So we must keep our chins, tails and dander up.
The Government has tried and failed four times to “see us off”, we are still here and we’re not out of ammunition!
The conductor is playing her dissonant symphony for now (see the reports of the Commons Brexit Selecte Committee where David Davis admits that the Gov. has NOT done an economic impact assessment of leaving the EU without a deal).
But we are waiting in the wings, ready to act when the time is right.
If it is necessary and when the time is right we will mount or support a challenge to any attempt by the Government to force the results of the negotiations without a meaningful vote on what is in the best interests of the UK.
The Fat Lady is there with us, under strict instructions that there will be no singing until Parliament has decided what is in the best interests of the UK.