We believe that the individual rights and benefits of ordinary British (UK) Citizens deserve special attention in addition to more general arguments about the future of the UK.
We must make sure that the rights of ordinary UK Citizens are not, once again, ignored in the decisions about when, how and under what circumstances the UK should leave the EU.
This is the value, importance, impact that ordinary people’s involvement adds – making sure that Parliament understands why it is unacceptable for our rights to be stripped away without an Act of Parliament passed after considering the merits of all the options.
This is why I and other UK citizens both in the UK and overseas are prepared to continue the People’s Challenge and not just rely on others to make the more general arguments.
We collectively must not forget just what we have achieved together and how it all works towards our being able to protect people’s EU citizenship rights and the Sovereignty of the UK’s Parliament.
- We have challenged the Govt. over its intention to use Royal Prerogative to trigger Article 50 and we won in the Divisional Court and the Supreme Court.
- Whilst doing this we also successfully challenged the Government over its demand to keep its and others’ arguments secret.
- In challenging the Govt. on its right to use the Royal Prerogative, we established an important Constitutional point – only the UK’s Sovereign Parliament can remove or restrict fundamental citizenship rights, and to do so it must pass primary legislation.
- We developed this by commissioning the Three Knights Opinion. This opinion sets out clearly and authoritatively that the UK’s Parliament must decide, through an Act of Parliament, what happens at the end of the Article 50 negotiations, and that the options include deciding to Remain in the EU.
- The Second Challenge was to convince Parliament to add this to the face of the EU (Now) Bill. We were able to convince the HoL to pass an amendment to the Bill. Unfortunately we did not convince enough MPs to keep that amendment in the Bill.
The Three Knights Opinion remains in place and we are ready to mount a challenge if the Government attempts to force the results of the negotiations through without a meaningful vote on what is the best among all the available options for the UK.
We will also monitor the powers the Government intends to use to implement the “Great Repeal Bill”. The Government cannot be allowed to side-line Parliament on the scrutiny and implementation of legislation for any eventual decision in favour of the UK leaving the EU.
Our group consists of myself Grahame Pigney, my son Rob Pigney, 22, Paul Cartwright, 50, a Gibraltarian national, Christopher Formaggia, 49, who lives in Wales and Tahmid Chowdhury, 21, a London student.
For ordinary UK Citizens to have the chance to argue that their individual, personal and business rights and benefits must be taken into account by our democratically elected Parliament when deciding the question “What is in the best interests of the UK and its people?” collective action is essential.
At the moment we are extending our partnerships with other organisations and seeking to establish The People’s Challenge as a Community Interest Company. These two moves will help us to continue the work we are doing and raise funds from sources in addition to our direct supporters.