Sheep magazine Archive 2: issues 10-17

AlfRodchenko

Lefty online magazine: issue 10, May 2016 to issue 17, November 2016

eferendum result has wrought, even before negotiations for exit have

begun, MPs and peers must be given the opportunity to vote against any

notice under Article 50, or else vote for a second referendum – perhaps

one that, like most referendums in sensible democracies, is binding only

if carried by a two-thirds majority.

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Some Brexiteers angrily proclaim that the judges decision that Article

50 should be referred to Parliament for ratification, is to defy the will

of the people, in a democracy? Despite the fact that they would be

defying the will of only 37 per cent of the people, it has to be pointed out

that these objectors do not know the true meaning of democracy. Our

forebears have not fought and died for government by opinion poll, but

for a representative democracy. That means, as the great conservative

philosopher Edmund Burke pointed out in his Letter to the Electors of Bristol

(one of the crucial documents in our unwritten constitution), that as their

MP, he had a duty to do everything he could for them, but when it came

to a vote in Parliament his duty as their MP was to vote as his conscience

dictated, for what he believed to be the best interests of the nation.

Stop complaining about the legal challenge to Brexit – it’s democracy

So the simple fact is that, whatever the views of their constituents, our

MPs are fully entitled to reject the bill that the Government will now have

to bring forward to begin the process of departing from Europe. (The

Government may, of course, appeal to the Supreme Court, although it is

unlikely to succeed).

SHEEP IN THE ROAD : NUMBER 17

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