Labour must lead an all-party alliance committed to preventing an Article 50 notification of intention to leave the EU
A new blog post on Ephems, at http://www.barder.com/4804, calls on all Labour and other MPs and peers of all parties and none who continue to believe that Britain’s place is in the EU to vote against any Bill whose purpose is to authorise the British government to lodge a (probably irrevocable) notification of intention to withdraw from the EU under Article 50. The new post, of which an earlier and edited version has appeared on LabourList, shows why the referendum result cannot logically or constitutionally oblige MPs or peers who still think Brexit would be a calamity nevertheless to vote for a Bill in parliament that would authorise Mrs May to trigger Article 50. (This assumes that the Supreme Court will uphold the judgement of the High Court under which Mrs May cannot legally trigger Article 50 without the prior formal consent of Parliament expressed in a new law. )
Please visit http://www.barder.com/4804 to see the arguments before you jump to the conclusion that I am flogging a dead horse and floundering in a lost cause. Britain’s membership of the European Union can still be saved if our parliamentarians summon up the courage to vote according to their consciences and convictions. We should urge them to do so, and damn the personal consequences.
For the full text of the blog post, and to read other people’s comments on it, please visit http://www.barder.com/4804, writing any comments, critical, corrective or supportive, at the bottom of that blog post, not please in reply to this round-robin email.
Greetings from a gloriously crisp and sunny autumn morning in Manhattan on US election day.
8 October 2016