- The Conservative General Election Manifesto of 2015 promised a referendum on membership of the EU in the following terms: “We believe in letting the people decide: so we will hold an in-out referendum on our membership of the EU before the end of 2017.” The Conservative Party won that election in May, 2015. The British people were given a politically and constitutionally binding promise in the election manifesto that they would be given the final and deciding say in a referendum in which the majority would prevail.
- During the debate (Hansard) on the Referendum Bill on 9 June 2015, the Foreign Secretary said:- “This is a simple, but vital, piece of legislation. It has one clear purpose: to deliver on our promise to give the British people the final say on our EU membership in an in/out referendum by the end of 2017.” He went on to say “Few subjects ignite as much passion in the House or indeed in the country as our membership of the European Union. The debate in the run-up to the referendum will be hard fought on both sides of the argument. But whether we favour Britain being in or out, we surely should all be able to agree on the simple principle that the decision about our membership should be taken by the British people, not by Whitehall bureaucrats, certainly not by Brussels Eurocrats; not even by Government Ministers or parliamentarians in this Chamber. The decision must be for the common sense of the British people. That is what we pledged, and that is what we have a mandate to deliver. For too long, the people of Britain have been denied their say. For too long, powers have been handed to Brussels over their heads. For too long, their voice on Europe has not been heard. This Bill puts that right. It delivers the simple in/out referendum that we promised, and I commend it to the House.”
- In June, 2015, MPs voted 544-53 overwhelmingly for a Referendum on the U.K.’s membership of the European Union. The European Union Referendum Act came into legal force in June 2016. The European Union Referendum Act 2015 does not contain any provision saying that its result is subject to a minimum turnout threshold or a minimum percentage vote in favour of either remain or leave.
- On 23rd June, 2016, a Referendum took place. 17,410,742 of the electorate voted to Leave. The highest number ever to have voted in the history of the United Kingdom; with the highest national turnout for 24 years.
- MPs voted by 498 votes to 114 to enact Article 50 of The Lisbon Treaty; the beginning of the process of leaving the European Union.
- The Conservative Manifesto in 2017 stipulated that it would uphold the result of the 2016 Referendum. They made a promise to ‘deliver Brexit’ and were elected on that basis.
- MPs are scrambling to remain in a foreign institution which was never voted for originally by the electorate. Parliament unconstitutionally and illegally took the Country into the EU without the Consent of the Electorate. It was originally stated to the People that this was a Common Market.
- Many of them constantly purport to understand the reason behind the Leavers’ vote, and do so constantly in the public media. People who voted Leave are stupid, racist, uneducated, xenophobic etc.
- The Referendum Act
The alternative answers to that question that are to appear on the ballot
papers are :-
“Leave the European Union”.
“Remain a member of the European Union”
The question that is to appear on the ballot papers is—“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000,
Part V11 Chapter 1 Section 104 states:
(2)The Commission shall consider the wording of the referendum question, and shall publish a statement of any views of the Commission as to the intelligibility of that question-
5 (b)shall, at the time when the instrument is laid before Parliament, lay before each House a report stating any views as to the intelligibility of that question which the Commission have expressed in response to that consultation.
MPs were completely satisfied that the question given was intelligible.