Parliamentary sovereignty means the right to put the People’s will into law.
Parliamentary sovereignty: Lib Dems
The Liberal Democrats Constitution states:
“We believe that sovereignty rests with the people and that authority in a democracy derives from the people.”
The recent Lib Dem conference reaffirmed, among other things, their commitment to:
“Work cross-party to ensure Parliamentary sovereignty is upheld”.
The anti-democratic Lib Dems do not agree that Parliamentary sovereignty means the right to put the People’s will into law. Instead, they think that the will of the People should be disregarded.
Parliament versus the People
MPs from other parties also share this attitude. Remainer MPs do not trust the people to make the right decision — they believe that only MPs know best.
Therefore, the major problem with Brexit is that most voters in the 2016 EU Referendum chose to leave the EU. However, the majority of MPs wanted to remain.
So, most MPs are making a sustained effort to oppose the will of the people while claiming to uphold ‘parliamentary sovereignty’.
These MPs are pleased that they’ve passed a law forcing Boris Johnson to send a humiliating letter to the EU, begging them for an extension.
So, to these MPs, it seems that parliamentary sovereignty means getting what they want, not what the People want.
The political elite has always had a condescending and arrogant attitude towards the People.
In the nineteenth century, Parliament passed Acts to increase the number of voters despite fierce opposition.
The First Reform Act of 1832
The first Reform Act was needed to give the vote to those living in large industrial cities which were unrepresented in Parliament.
The Second Reform Act of 1867
The second Reform Act gave the vote to many working-class men in urban areas and increased the number of voters to over 900,000.
The Third Reform Act of 1884–85
The Reform Act of 1884–85 extended the vote to agricultural workers.
The Redistribution Act of 1885
The Redistribution Act equalised representation based on 50,000 voters per each constituency.
Parliamentary Sovereignty: Death of Democracy
After nearly two hundred years of struggle in giving the People the right to a democratic vote, Parliament is now saying that your democratic vote is not worth anything.
So, if Brexit is denied, it will mean the death of democracy.