This article was first published on Brexit Central.
Last year, we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. That single event marked the beginning of a journey, during which powers have been transferred from the powerful few to the Great British Public.
Key historical events define this journey, such as the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage and Allied victories in the two World Wars.
And as we approach Remembrance Day, we must never forget the rights and freedoms for which people fought and died. This is encapsulated by our right as British citizens to decide our nation’s future through the democratic process.
This year’s EU referendum was perhaps the greatest ever demonstration of that democratic process in action. More than 17 million British people voted to leave the EU, which means more people voted for Brexit than have ever voted for any UK political party at an election.
There are of course a few ‘Remoaners’ who seek to challenge this historic result. And the High Court has made its intervention this week, although the Government will be appealing the judgment in the Supreme Court, since we have a Government which is determined to honour the will of the British people who voted to Leave the EU.
Perhaps the champion of the Remoaners is Labour MP David Lammy. His remarks have become the rallying cries of the anti-democrats.
“It was a non-binding advisory referendum”, Lammy has claimed. Does he not recall the shocking taxpayer-funded leaflet posted out to every household from the Government before the referendum explaining ‘Why the Government believes that voting to remain in the European Union is the best decision for the UK’?
It stated: “This is your decision. The Government will implement what you decide”. That’s pretty clear to me: the Government was promising to take action on our vote. We voted to Leave the EU, and this should be honoured.
Others in denial of the result have suddenly become champions of ‘parliamentary democracy’, reminding us that we vote for representatives in Parliament to make decisions on our behalf.
But Parliament answers to the people, depends on the people and is made up of the people. Parliament cannot be sovereign over the people, because it is made up of the people. This is what ‘parliamentary sovereignty’ means.
David Lammy has a different, rather incorrect view of things. He claims “our sovereign Parliament now needs to vote on whether we should exit the EU”. Lammy wants Parliament to overrule the will of the people – those who gave politicians power in the first place.
It’s plain to see why this is wrong. Brexit is happening precisely because the Government is listening to the people. This is why the once Remainer, our Prime Minister, Theresa May, is determined to honour the result of the referendum.
Brexit is a superb demonstration of British democracy in action: people effecting change through the ballot box.
Meanwhile, the EU remains a fundamentally undemocratic organisation with the European Commission headed by the unelected Jean-Claude Juncker, initiating the majority of EU laws. Inside the EU, the UK cannot never be truly democratic.
As Thomas Jefferson said: “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When government fears the people, there is liberty.” This couldn’t be truer today. As the Eurocrats fear for their failing project, ordinary British people will be free without Brussels and the EU and can look forward to enjoying their independence in the not too distant future.