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Here’s what is perplexing and impossible to understand about the British High Court and its determination that to the trigger the Article 50 mechanism of the Lisbon Treaty so as to decouple from the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May must get the votes on the floor of the parliament.
At the time of the Brexit vote, a 73% majority of British Parliamentarians were voting to remain but in the referendum proper, the people voted 52 to 48 to leave.
All of this begs the question in this world turned upside down, in true Alice In Wonderland style, as to who is in charge, just who are the representatives, representing? Themselves or the people?
In a vote on the floor of the parliament it would be a travesty and a frustration of the democratic processĀ for the government not to reflect the will of the people as expressed in the referendum.
Aren’t the people the ultimate parliament as expressed by Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address in his immortal line about government being “of the people, by the people, for the people” ?
Imagine if the people in Australia voted one way on gay marriage for example and the politicians defied the vote and did the exact opposite (whether it be for or against)
Just who is in charge?