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Posted By: Iains
09-Sep-19 - 05:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Blair made promises of a referendum in both 2004 and 2005.
On 20 April 2004 the PM told Parliament it should debate the European constitutional question "in detail and decide upon it" and "then let the people have the final say".He ended the Commons statement with the war-cry: "Let the issue be put. Let the battle be joined."Fast-forward to the Labour election manifesto in 2005 and the language is as forthright.Blair promises: "We will put it [the constitution] to the British people in a referendum and campaign wholeheartedly for a Yes vote."

04 Jul 2007 Gordon Brown yesterday ruled out holding a referendum on a new European constitutional treaty as part of a wide-ranging package of reforms to give "more power to Parliament and the British people".

23 January 2013 PM Cameron: "It is time for the British people to have their say," he said. "It is time to settle this European question in British politics. I say to the British people: this will be your decision."

Seems a pretty unambiguous statement that the people would decide.
To turn around 5 minutes later and say it was only advisory rather flies in the face of the preceding hype, prior to the referendum.
A clear case of unsurpassed parliamentary knavery to defy the will of the majority, aided by a clearly partisan speaker.
Sovereignty is only ceded to parliament for a parliamentary session.
When parliament is suspended for an election,sovereignty reverts to the people.
Politicians need to be aware thet are not sovereign, only the people are.
And the majority that voted leave are getting more than a little hacked off. After all the referendum was held on the basis that: "I say to the British people: this will be your decision." Reneging on that is an affront to democracy.
The coming election will see the rebels routed and magic grandpa's party destroyed.