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.
- With your support we have commisioned another significant piece of legal work, The Millions in the Margins. This document highlights the ways in which the draft Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU is not only discriminatory but seriously deficient in protections provided to UK citizens at home and overseas.
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 Best for Our Country.
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.
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 Interest of Our Country and its people?” collective action is essential.
We greatly value your support. Many of you have been with us for a good while and have donated not just once but multiple times. We thank you all for it, and we do know that there are practical limits to what people can contribute.
Whether you can donate right now or not (if you can, please click on the image above to do so), please spread the word among your contacts and on social media. Have you got a fiver or so you could spare for us? Could you spare us a fiver next month, the month after…?
Apart from the sheer time and effort involved in what we do, much of it costs money that we can’t spend without your financial support.
We follow matters as they develop. They’re always volatile, and in these times of Brexit extensions and now a General Election it means that days’ or weeks’ worth of work has to be set aside or even lost completely as the situation changes.
Our aim is to help people to see what’s going on, to understand what they are (or aren’t) being told, and to decide what’s best for our country: what’s really in the national interest, what protects fundamental citizenship rights and ensures that Parliament and not the executive (= the government) is sovereign.
There’s still a long way to go (again) and there are no guarantees about what the outcome will be. The only thing that’s certain is that if we stop trying we will lose.
To help protect our fundamental rights, and support Parliament in safeguarding them, please support The People’s Challenge so that the campaign to make your voice heard can continue.
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Published by Grahame Pigney on behalf of The People’s Challenge Ltd.