No doubt, Mr. Johnson is intending to honour the Electorate and Leave without a deal or at the very least, a deal which DOES NOT keep us under the political construct of the EU.
Has Mr. Johnson considered that the ‘Benn Bill’ actually is saying that the Commons has no confidence in the Prime Minister? Should it not follow immediately, therefore that there is a General Election?
As Churchill in 1944 said when an Amendment was put to his Education Bill “I am going to take the first adverse vote for three years on a comparatively minor Amendment to a Bill, and I am going to treat it as a Vote of Confidence and the House must understand it, if it votes against the Government, the fate of the Government is involved.”
It was said by Bevan “When the Government come into conflict with the House of Commons in normal times, they decide to appeal to the country against the House of Commons, and the electorate are called in to arbitrate between the Executive and the Commons.” Does that not stand today?
“Rightly or wrongly, the country believes that in electing 615 members to this place it has elected the people who will decide what laws are to be. There will be hopeless confusion amongst the civilian population but also in the Armed Forces, if the House of Commons decides a principle one day and then reverses it the next……who is governing Great Britain?”
(Hansard Churchill 29.4.1944 Education Bill (Question of Confidence) HC Deb
It may be that today is different in that the current Prime Minister has taken over from the last Prime Minister, but it is still a fact, that the majority of the electorate voted for the Conservative Party on a Manifesto, (and the majority voted Leave on the Referendum) regardless of who was leader, and today’s Government is not a coalition. We are not America, we vote for a party not a person.
Whilst writing, it would be wise to point out that we are still under EU Law and the Venice Commission, to which this country is a signature, states that Parliament will honour the result of the electorate and EU law agrees that the referendum was requested by the Executive and therefore the call to the people was designed to bypass Parliament. Having voted by a majority to give a referendum to the People, voted by a majority to invoke Article 50, this Referendum was binding. When the referendum is legally binding, the authorities must respect the people’s decision. (Venice Commission)