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Of the many compelling reasons in favour of our withdrawal from the European Union, one stood above all and provided the foundation for everything else – democracy.
Laws should not be made nor taxes raised by anyone except our own elected representatives.
Never again must major decision-making about the governance of our country be made by individuals whom the British people cannot vote for, or vote to remove.
Democracy is not a bargaining chip for (debatable) economic advantage, it is the bedrock of a prosperous and free society. It has been shocking to witness so many of our politicians adopt such a casual attitude towards this principle. They have refused to defend our hard-fought democracy and indeed have actively encouraged the further dilution of it.
After a 43 year experiment as members of the European Union, we the British people insist that our democracy and right to self-government are paramount, and they must never be traded away ever again.
Exiting the European Union was right, and we should never re-join
MPs’ power is merely borrowed, lent by their constituents – it’s not theirs to give away
Governments and Parliaments since 1973 have been complicit in the gradual transfer of decision-making powers from the United Kingdom to what is now called the European Union, without the explicit permission of the British people, and it has been morally wrong throughout.
Our recent history has shown, in relation to our EU membership especially, that government ministers elected for a relatively short period will prioritise paternalism and self-interest ahead of democracy. They seek personal political achievement as they see it and will volunteer as few of their ideas for public approval beforehand as possible.
Now that we are leaving the European Union to once again become a free, independent and self-governing nation, determined by the democratic collective view of the people, this hard-won status must now be protected by a new British Constitution, safeguarded by the British Supreme Court.
Should a future government wish to render our country less independent or less self-governing, they must only be able to do so with an explicit mandate from the British people expressed via a referendum.