Our arrangements have served us well for centuries. But the current situation reveals that it is in need of a tidy-up to restore its effectiveness and standing.
Posts Tagged: Parliamentary sovereignty
Downing Street has spent the summer months diligently working through the mathematics of how to eat up as much time as possible.
The mendacious simplifications of the last referendum campaign showed this is no way to conduct the Brexit argument.
Chris White: The Cooper amendment threatens to damage the constitution in ways that would be very hard to repair
The constitutional crisis MPs are threatening to bring down on all our heads will have wide-ranging and severe consequences.
Not yet angry – but patriotic and bewildered. Fear of betrayal is the dominant emotion at the Leave Means Leave rally
Farage urged everyone to prepare for a second referendum, and concluded: “Next time, as far as I’m concerned, it’s no more Mr Nice Guy.”
Other options being floated are designed to hold us in the EU’s orbit in the hope that we may be sucked back in.
David Allen Green has painted an inaccurate and flattering picture of the circumstances in which John Bercow shattered precedent this week.
Does authority reside with Parliament or the People? And are MPs representatives or delegates? Both must be answered.
Meanwhile, there is little common ground in which to find a solution which would satisfy many Remainers and Leavers simultaneously.
May’s Brexit deal helps to show that British politicians are more honourable and efficient than is claimed
There has been a tendency to suppose that because Britain’s power has declined in relative terms they must have become totally useless.
Daniel Hannan: It should be obvious, not controversial, to seek a deep friendship with our EU neighbours
In the third piece in our mini-series evaluating the EEA, our columnist wonders how both sides managed to become so hostile to moderate concepts.
George Trefgarne: The EEA is a much more attractive option than Chequers, the ‘implementation period’, or No Deal
In the first of a new mini-series evaluating the EEA, the author of ‘Norway then Canada’ argues the route has been wrongly neglected.
Henry Newman: Navigating the EU Withdrawal Bill through unamended without a majority is nightmarish – but possible
Labour have sunk efforts to trap us in the Single Market. A compromise should kick the Customs Union can down the road. Which leaves the ‘meaningful’ vote.
Bill Cash: The EU Withdrawal Bill. No Conservative colleague should defy the will of the people next week.
The referendum transferred from MPs themselves the decision as to whether to remain in or leave the EU and – with it, to regain our freedom to make our own laws.
Not being able to blame Brussels for our problems nor look to the EU for solutions will be immensely reinvigorating.