It’s been 5 months since the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the People’s Challenge – confirming that Brexit was a Parliamentary and not a Royal Prerogative decision. It’s worth noting that this decision was made by a UK court, composed of UK judges, according to UK law.
Following that, the People’s Challenge commissioned the “Three Knights Opinion“. This provided convincing and authoritative evidence that the UK’s Parliament has the opportunity, and indeed the obligation, once the outcome of the Article 50 negotiations is known, to make the decision about which of all the possible options is in the best interest of the UK and its people.
The necessity for this decision, one that obviously has to be made independent of party political interests, has been thrown into sharp relief by the outcome of this general election (June 2017) called by an autocratic and out-of-touch Prime Minister.
Former Tory cabinet minister Stephen Dorrell, said in today’s Guardian:
“At the beginning of the general election campaign, Theresa May said she was seeking a mandate to negotiate her sort of Brexit; the result denies her that mandate.”
He added: “The prime minister’s version of Brexit was set out in the Conservative election manifesto; it said that sovereignty was a red line, and concluded that Britain must withdraw from both the single market and the customs union. In doing so, it threatened our economic interests, and funding for our public services.”
“At a time when many families have seen no improvement in their living standards for more than a decade, and public services are grappling with rising demand and squeezed budgets, voters concluded that these priorities were simply perverse and refused to endorse them.”
“That will require parliamentarians to maintain an open mind; they will need to question the negotiating mandate developed by ministers and they will need to make it clear to ministers that they cannot take support for granted at the end of the negotiating process.“
“Most importantly, despite anything the prime minister may say, it is essential that parliament maintains for itself the option of voting for Britain to remain a member of the EU if it becomes clear that this is the best way to secure Britain’s national interest.”